What’s cooking this holiday? Savings!

Between buying gifts and hosting parties, it’s no secret that the holidays can be an expensive time of year. But, did you know that changes to your cooking routine can help you save money in the kitchen?  For example, slow cookers, pots, toaster ovens or warming plates use about half the energy of the average electric stove.

  1. Preheat the oven to the exact temperature you need. The oven won’t heat up any faster at a higher setting.
  2. Put lids on pots and pans to prevent heat loss.
  3. Turn off the oven 10 minutes early – the food will keep cooking as long as the door stays closed.
  4. No peeking! Whenever you open the oven door, the temperature drops by about 25 degrees.
  5. Always use glass or ceramic dishes if possible. They retain heat better and cook food faster.

Last but not least – when you’re ready to clean up, always make sure your dishwasher is full before running it. It’s more energy efficient.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Enduring Commitments

The picture of the meter reader training class in 1930 is striking in many ways. The instructor is in a three-piece suit, and all the soon-to-be meter readers are wearing suits and ties, as well. Instructors today at PSEG are not dressed so formally, and the meter readers have traded in their suits for another uniform: PSE&G flame-resistant shirts and khaki pants.
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Get under the hood of a PSE&G bucket truck

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They are a common sight around the company and across the state.  PSE&G’s fleet of more than 400 bucket trucks travel tens of thousands of miles annually doing routine maintenance work, installing new equipment and completing storm restoration repairs.   These trucks play a critical role in making PSE&G one of the nation’s most reliable electric utilities and, more importantly, keeping lineworkers safe. Continue reading

Returning the Favor

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Hurricane Irma caused catastrophic damage across the Caribbean and Florida – to homes, businesses and infrastructure. In response, utility crews from around the country, even including  Canada, were called to serve in what became the largest U.S. power restoration team ever assembled. PSE&G crews from New Jersey and Long Island were among the heroes who braved heat and humidity to restore power throughout Florida. With our crews safely back home, we sat down with PSE&G’s own mutual aid expert, Ernie Cadiz, to get a better understanding of how this process works.
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How to avoid paying for more than half of your electric car

There are many new models of electric cars flooding the market, from pure electrics (like the Nissan LEAF, Chevy Bolt or Tesla) to electric cars that also sport gas electric generators so they may run on duel fuels (like the Chevy Bolt Volt or BMW I3).  Still others boast a small electric engine that takes you 10 to 15 miles and then switch to a gas engine (like the plug-in Prius or Ford Focus ).  This is just a start. There are now more than 35 models of electric cars from more than 17 companies for sale in the Unites States.  Increasingly there is an electric car that can meet the driving needs of nearly everyone.  Continue reading