Pennsylvania Electric: How to Prevent Being Slammed

by admin on April 20, 2010

Have you been slammed by your Pennsylvania electricity company? Not sure what this is? Not knowing can be costing you money every month. Here, we’ll explain what slamming is and how you can prevent it from happening to you.

Slamming is when you have been switched to a different PA electric company without your knowledge or permission. Since Pennsylvania electric customers can choose their electric provider, this means you may be not only doing business with a company you don’t want to be associated with, but they could be charging you more than you need to pay.

How to Tell If You’ve Been Slammed by a Pennsylvania Electric Company

The first step is to pull out your electric bill and look at the name of the company on it. Is it the company you chose? Perhaps more importantly, look to see if the rate and terms are what you signed up for. If any of these are different than what you think they should be, chances are you’ve been slammed.

Following are some tips to prevent slamming.

Written Agreement: If you’ve chosen to switch your Pennsylvania electric company, this proposed new provider must send you an agreement in writing – even if you initial made contact with them over the phone or via the internet. You usually have 72 hours to accept/decline this agreement.

Confirmation Letter: Your old electric company (aka your Electric Distribution Company) will also send you a confirmation letter asking if you to confirm that you want to make the switch. You have roughly 10 days to respond to this notice.

When checking to see if you’ve been slammed, also take the opportunity to check out money-saving plans your Pennsylvania electric company can offer you.

Nowadays, many traditional PA electric providers offer plans to low-income and/or credit challenged consumers that make high-cost options like pre-paid electric service plans unnecessary. Why pay double or triple in electric costs every month when you don’t have to? A simple phone call is all it takes.

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