WinterReady

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What’s on your WinterReady checklist? Colder temperatures make your heating system work harder to keep your home feeling comfortable. That’s why now is the time to make your WinterReady checklist, with energy-saving improvements that can make a difference in your winter heating bill.

 

 

 

  • Consider BGE’s Budget Billing, which spreads out your BGE bills evenly over the year. So, despite changes in the weather, your energy bills remain predictable.
  • Schedule a Quick Home Energy Check-up, an energy efficiency professional will walk with you through your home to provide valuable tips and energy-saving items for increased efficiency.
  • Explore the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program®. Whether you are a homeowner, business owner, or contractor, the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program offers a variety of powerful options to save energy, money and the environment. Have your heating system tuned up, and save with rebates from approved participating contractors.
  • Make these do-it yourself energy-saving  improvements:
    • Lower the temperature on your water heater, and conserve hot water when you can. Heating water is the second biggest energy user in your home.
    • Seal holes and seams in your ductwork.
    • Caulk and seal gaps around doors, windows and even electrical outlets.
    • Ensure you have 12 to 15 inches of attic insulation, or an R-38 level.
    • Install efficient-flow faucets and shower heads to reduce water heating costs year-around.
    • Open curtains and drapes during the day, to let the sun warm your home, and close them at night for insulation.
    • And don’t forget that you can save an average of 2% on your energy bill for every degree you lower your thermostat.