Contact Information 

District Offices
Tiadaghton Valley Mall
Room 105
701 Allegheny Street, Box 4
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
(570) 398-4476

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Penn Hills Plaza, Halls Station
21 Kristi Road
Suite 1
Muncy, PA 17756
(570) 546-2084

Closed for lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Capitol Office
Hon. Garth Everett
401 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202084
Harrisburg PA 17120-2084
(717) 787-5270
Fax: (717) 772-9958

E-Mail:  
geverett@pahousegop.com

Everett Offers Information on Avoiding Electric Rate Shock This Winter
12/16/2014
MUNCY – As winter has arrived, Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming/Union) is offering information to residents on efforts to avoid the electric rate shock that happened during the crippling polar vortex that struck the region last winter.

“Many residents in the district saw large increases in their electric bills last winter due to the extreme weather and, hopefully, this time around, it can be avoided,” said Everett.

Everett said there are two types of rates that electric companies use. One is the fixed rate that remains the same per kilowatt hour (kWh), which means residents can rely on the one rate that will not change and is predictable.

The other way that rates are calculated is by the “variable rate.” This is one that can change by the hour, day, month, etc. These rates can fluctuate according to market conditions, thus causing a sharp spike in the total electric bill, especially in severe winter conditions.

Everett said residents should closely read the terms and conditions of an electric contract to make sure that consumers get what they expect and can avoid “sticker shock,” so to speak. Both of these rates can work for individual consumers, but education is the key to making the best choice for a particular household.

Fortunately, legislation is in development in the next session to limit electric rate increases for consumers with variable rate contracts and enable residents to switch electricity providers without transfer or penalty fees. It would also require companies to supply consumers with a full contract that explains the terms in clear and concise language. This bill was the subject of extensive public hearings in the previous session.

“I support action to protect our residents from predatory electric rates and to ensure that they receive fair treatment from electric suppliers,” said Everett. “I look forward to aiding in the debate and passage of such legislation in order to bring our consumers peace of mind when it comes to their electric bills.”

Everett said all consumers who are thinking of switching electric generation suppliers to visit the PA Power Switch website at www.papowerswitch.com. This site is run by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) and contains a wealth of information on the process and pitfalls of switching suppliers.

Additionally, if consumers believe they are being charged with an unfair rate not consistent with the contract, a formal complaint can be filed through the PUC at www.puc.state.pa.us, or by calling 1-800-692-7380.

There is another step residents can take as well. If consumers feel that ther supplier has violated the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practice Law and Consumer Protection Law, or has engaged in “price gouging,” a complaint can be filed with the Office of the Attorney General through that website at www.attorneygeneral.gov, or by calling 1-800-441-2555.

Everett said residents can contact his district office for advice on the issue by calling (570) 546-2084.

Representative Garth D. Everett
84th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Raymond Smith
717.705.1834
rsmith@pahousegop.com  
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