Don’t get “slammed.”

By Morgan Pitts 4/28/2018

It’s that time of year again, the temperature is rising, flowers are blooming, and door to door salespeople from electricity providers are hitting the streets. (Remember, that at the Co-op, we never send people door to door.) Some energy providers are more scrupulous than others – some are downright dishonest. “Slamming” refers to energy providers who enroll new customers without their knowledge.

If someone comes to your door or calls you unexpectedly to discuss switching your electricity provider, here are a few things to remember:

  • Do not show or give them your PECO bill or account number. Unscrupulous companies may make a note of your account number and use that to enroll you in their service.
  • They may make bold claims about saving you money. Here are some important things to consider:
    • Is the electricity you provide 100% renewable?
    • Is the rate fixed or variable? If it is fixed, how long is it guaranteed for?
    • Ask to see the 24 month price history – they are required by law to provide this. High historical rates may indicate that any introductory rate they offer is likely to increase.

As always, if you ever have any questions about your energy options, you can count on the Co-op Crew to answer your questions and help you make the right choice for your household.