Manage Your Usage

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Whether you’re a homeowner, business owner, or contractor, the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® offers you a variety of options to save energy, money and the environment. Plus, these programs support the EmPower Maryland Energy Efficiency Act. Whether you own or rent your home, the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® provides discounts and rebates to help you cut your energy costs and improve the comfort and quality of your home.

Why Your Energy Bill Sometimes Fluctuates

 
Weather
Weather plays a major role in energy use. As the weather gets hotter or colder, your air conditioning or heating system has to work harder to maintain your thermostat setting. So the hotter or colder it gets outside, the more energy you use inside, even if you don't change your thermostat setting from one month to another. Seasonal changes and having more people in your home during holidays and vacations can also result in higher energy usage.
 
Billing Period
Your billing period can vary from 28 to 34 days, depending on when your meter is read. Consider this when comparing monthly bills, as the number of days in the billing period will impact the amount of energy used.
 
Estimated Bills
If your meter could not be read for any reason, your energy use will be estimated. (learn more about estimated bills). This means we will estimate your bill based on factors such as the energy you’ve used in the past and the time of year. If a meter is estimated, it will be indicated in the Usage Profile box at the top right of your bill.
 
Appliance Usage
Your energy costs could fluctuate from conditions inside your home such as door traffic, use of curtains and even extra appliance usage when you are inside for longer periods in the winter.
 
Adding or changing appliances will impact the bill. For example, buying a new refrigerator while keeping the old one running in the basement or installing a larger capacity washing machine will increase usage. Even temporary use of appliances, such as space heaters, can add to your energy costs.
 
For additional resources and energy-saving tips, visit the Guides & Tips and the Programs & Resources section.