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The Electric Company Choice

All consumers of electricity in NJ are able to comparison shop when they choose their electric power company. Customers can select a company based upon price, environmental impact, name recognition, or any other criteria they choose. If no selection is made, then a company is assigned to the customer.

Right now, Union County’s electricity is provided by JCP&L or PSE&G. These companies distribute the power to you, and they own the power lines, pipes, and equipment. You can choose who supplies the power.

How do you choose? If you want to comparison shop by price, your energy bill shows you how much you’re currently paying for electricity. There are many companies in NJ that will offer electricity to you – a simple Google search can yield dozens of names and their cost for electricity. This website provides a list of companies available through PSE&G and  a list of companies available through JCP&L can be found here. The State of NJ requires that all electricity providers be licensed by the NJ Board of Public Utilities and must meet strict reliability standards to protect customers.

To help you choose a company, you can compare what’s included in the price, the length of the agreement, if the price changes throughout the agreement, if there is a penalty for early cancellation, and are there any restrictions to usage.

Your distributor will remain the same if you switch companies, and they are who you would call in an emergency. Even if you switch companies, your bill will look the same – but hopefully be for less money!

You can switch companies at any time. Slamming, or switching a customer’s electric company without consent, is illegal and anyone who feels they may have been a victim should call 1-800-624-0241.

The End of Daylight Savings Time

It’s time to fall back.

Daylight saving time ends at 2 am tomorrow morning, so set your clocks back one hour. By starting the day a little later, we take advantage of natural sunlight and therefore cut energy consumption. Daylight saving time began almost one hundred years ago, but was actually suggested by none other than Ben Franklin, who satirically remarked that the consumption of candles could be reduced by waking earlier to use morning sunlight. Modern daylight saving time was first proposed by George Vernon Hudson, who was a New Zealand shift worker who wanted more after-hours daylight to participate in his hobby of collecting insects.
Does daylight saving time actually save energy? In 2008, the Department of Energy found that United States electricity consumption decreased by 0.5% per day during daylight saving time, which is enough energy to power about 122,000 average US homes for a year.

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