Essential Pittsburgh
2:25 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Make Watt Choices for the Winter Months

As the days get shorter, and the sun sets earlier, we find ourselves using more electricity to light our houses. When lights are on 3 to 4 hours straight each day, electric bills can skyrocket.

A program called Watt Choices sponsored by Duquesne Light is designed to help customers reduce their energy consumption.

“We encourage our customers to take advantage of these energy efficiency programs and conservation strategies, thus reducing their electric bills,” says Dave Defide, manager of customer programs for Duquesne Light. 

The company offers rebates in stores on Energy Star appliances such as refrigerators and freezers. Customers are also able to purchase Compact Fluourescent Lamp or CFLs, at a reduced price. These bulbs, are specially designed to be used in lamps that are used most frequently in the home or office. Defide says they use 25% less energy than regular incandescent bulbs.