Business customers at Met-Ed in Pennsylvania who do not shop for a lower electric rate will start paying higher energy prices for power supplies from Met-Ed effective September 1.  Customers can avoid this rate hike, and save up to 30%, by choosing a new electric supplier with

Met-Ed, a FirstEnergy company, serves 560,000 customers in 13 Pennsylvania counties, mostly in eastern Pennsylvania including Reading and outlying areas surrounding Harrisburg, Bethlehem, and Allentown.

Earlier this week, Met-Ed posted its updated Prices to Compare for the three-month period beginning September 1.  The Price to Compare is the part of the customer's utility bill related to electricity supply, and under electric competition it can be avoided if the customer chooses to buy their electric supply from a competing energy supplier.

At Met-Ed, the new Price to Compare for small and medium-sized businesses will be 9.606 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), applicable to rate classes General Secondary – Non Demand Metered (GS-Small) and General Secondary – Demand Metered (GS-Medium).  That's almost 10% higher than the current Price to Compare of 8.919 cents per kWh.

Met-Ed's residential Price to Compare will increase 10% as well, to 9.100 cents per kWh from 8.243 cents per kWh.

Customers can avoid these electric rate hikes by shopping for a lower electric rate with

Business customers who shop for a lower energy rate can save up to 30% with

Only is able to put up to eight competing electric suppliers in head-to-head competition for your business, giving you the lowest rate and maximizing your savings.

Pennsylvania businesses looking to save money on their energy bills can use any time day or night to shop for a lower electric rate, and it only takes just a few minutes.  Businesses just need to enter some quick information about their account, such as service area and usage, and the information is instantly transmitted to competing electric suppliers, who then produce customized electric rate quotes based on this information.  The competing energy suppliers then contact you directly with their lowest rates, removing the middle-man and simplifying the shopping process.