Dec 1, 2011
No matter how you celebrate the holiday season, PPL Electric Utilities wants you to stay safe and also save along the way through being more energy-efficient.
“It’s an extremely busy time of year with a lot of distractions, so it’s important to take time to stay safe both inside and outside the home,” said Gregory N. Dudkin, executive vice president of operations for PPL Electric Utilities. “Statistics show home fires and electric accidents increase during the winter holidays. Please don’t take a holiday from safety and risk becoming one of those fire or accident numbers.”
Safety is important in key areas this time of the year, whether it’s hanging holiday decorations, cooking or warding off the winter chill. Here’s a sampling:
Seasonal lights are beginning to appear on area homes, increasing the chances for electrical hazards. Also:
Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S., according to the National Fire Prevention Association. Also:
Heating equipment safety
Space heaters are increasingly popular for supplemental heating, but remember to give space heaters their space and keep them at least three feet from flammable items such as draperies or blankets. Also:
Save energy, save money
When holiday shopping, remember to look for the ENERGY STAR® label when purchasing appliances or electronics and buy the most efficient model you can afford. These models will reduce your energy costs over the operating life of the device.
If you’re going to be away from home for more than a few hours at a time, remember to set the thermostat back a few degrees to save on heating costs.
Savings also can be realized in many other ways, including using a programmable thermostat, installing more insulation if necessary, or sealing leaking air ducts or drafts. Use more energy-efficient ENERGY STAR® compact fluorescent light bulbs to save on electricity costs.
You can give yourself and your family the gift of increased energy efficiency this year by checking out the helpful information at www.pplelectric.com, PPL’s online store for discounted products, and the valuable E-power® programs at www.pplelectric.com/epower.
PPL Electric Utilities, a subsidiary of PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL), provides electric delivery service to 1.4 million customers in 29 counties of eastern and central Pennsylvania and has consistently ranked among the best companies for customer service in the United States. More information is available at www.pplelectric.com.