If you live in Pennsylvania, your electric bill is likely going up. Eight utilities across the state are set to raise their energy prices this week, and some customers could see costs increase by as much as 50%. My colleague Andrew Maykuth has explained why energy costs are rising and how you can save.

If your bill gets more expensive, let me know which utilities or companies are charging you more. I’m also looking for Comcast cable bills to see if the company is raising rates for TV and internet.

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Pa. electricity prices will be rising by as much as 50% this week. Here’s how you can save.

Utilities are passing along to consumers the higher costs of power generators, which are facing higher fuel prices driven mostly by natural gas. Peco Energy, for example, will boost its energy charge by 6.4% on Wednesday for customers in Philly and the suburbs. Residents served by PPL Energy Utilities will see a 26% increase.

There are ways to save besides turning down the thermostat. Utilities offer programs and grants to support low-income customers. Then there’s the often-overlooked “standard offer.” But the clock is ticking to secure the best deal.

Here’s how It works: Customers call their utility and get randomly assigned to a supplier offering a 12-month fixed-rate plan at 7% below the utility’s current price. Customers can cancel a standard offer any time over the year with no early cancellation fees. That means customers can lock in now at 7% below utilities’ current default rates — before the charges go up Wednesday.

Our reporter Andrew Maykuth has more on rising energy prices.

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