What is PA Power Switch?
In 1999 the Public Utility Commission of Pennsylvania (PUC) gave Pennsylvanians energy choice, and implemented the PAPowerSwitch website to help customers try and shop for electricity. Unfortunately, there is a lot more to determining a great electricity provider than just pricing, and papowerswitch.com really doesn't help with those things...
What is wrong with PA Power Switch?
The problem with PA Power Switch is that any electricity provider in the state can put their information there regardless of their reputation, customer service complaints, PUC violations or BBB rating. There is NO CONTROL over which companies can list their products! In fact there is little to no complaint data available to consumers on the PA Power Switch web site. How do we know? We looked. There's zip, zilch, nada! You have to dig to find it, here. How do you know who's a good supplier and who will take advantage of you?
Do energy suppliers exploit PA Power Switch users?
There are suppliers whose only source of customers is the Power to Switch website. They catch your eye with a low introductory rate, knowing that they will jack your bill up once you've signed up. When you talk to them, they say they're sorry, or they skimp on customer service hoping you'll just hang up and pay your bill to keep the lights on.
This is bad for everyone - except for the questionable companies who rely on the PA Power Switch web site to help them pitch their 'bait and switch' scam to unsuspecting consumers just like you.
What happens after you sign up for that super-low-rate 3 month plan on PA PowerSwitch?
At the end of three months you might "roll over" to a rate that could be 3 to 6 times higher - That's all spelled out in the fine print. What about that amazing introductory rate? Well, it will probably go up 30-50% in 3 months. You can avoid this by shopping on a better site than papowerswitch.com
Is PA Energy Ratings a better shopping site than PA Power Switch?
Yes!! PA Energy Ratings gives you our ratings, compares utility plans side by side, and detailed plan analysis.
How does PA Energy Ratings work?
PA Energy Ratings ranks companies based on over 50 different ranking criteria, such as call answer times, affordability, and plan complexity, plus we use multiple independent data sources, including: thousands of customer reviews, complaint statistics, company standings with the Better Business Bureau and third party finacial data when avaialble.
To make sure you get a great utility provider AND a great rate, we've reviewed hundreds of electricity plans and combined them with our ratings, so you can quickly compare both price and quality at the same time in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh metro areas. Not in the big cities? No problem, we have rates for every other Pennsylvania city as well!
How do I change my energy supplier on PA Energy Ratings?
It's super easy to switch your energy provider online with us in 4 easy steps:
- Find energy plans and rates for you by entering your zip code below
- Find a plan that fits your budget and lifestyle
- Check customer reviews and ratings for the provider on our site
- Click the 'Sign Up Now' button to order the plan online in just minutes!
When customers rate, everyone wins!
Check out customer reviews for some popular companies:
Champion Energy Services
First Choice Power
First Point Power
Green Mountain Energy