Earth to Philly is glad to welcome back the Energy Coordinating Agency, which will be guest-posting here on a monthly basis throughout 2013. Here's the first installment:

Thank goodness we didn't go over the cliff, but we will all feel a pinch as our payroll tax deduction goes back to the pre-2011 level. If you're looking for a proven way to save money in 2013, look at your energy bills. Savings abound:

1. The biggest opportunity is to save energy.

The EnergyWorks program has already helped more than 1,100 homeowners throughout the 5 county Philadelphia region to save money by saving energy. Whether you want to save money,  increase your comfort, or do more to save the planet, improving your home's energy efficiency is your best bet. Thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, a typical home energy audit through EnergyWorks costs only $150.  EnergyWorks now will also install a

programmable thermostat for FREE. Programmable thermostats can save approximately $ 200 in heating and another $150 in air conditioning costs every year! Financing as low as 0.99% is available through the Keystone HELP Loan.
Saving money on energy bills provides home owners the best return on investment!

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2. Shop for an alternative electricity supplier.

Electricity prices are rising. PECO's rates went up this fall and another increase is scheduled in April for a total increase of 22.4%.  If you haven't yet shopped for an alternative supplier,  there's no time like the present.

One of the best sources of information is, the website of the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate. They publish a directory of all licensed electricity suppliers in the state and current pricing. Savings are available at this time.