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Generate savings with heating & cooling tips
 
Heating & Cooling accounts for as much as half your home’s energy use. Get the most out of your heating and cooling systems by learning how to use the energy in your home more efficiently. The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® also provides a variety of discounts and rebates to help you cut your energy cost, save money and improve the comfort and quality of your home.
 
Thermostats
Adjusting your thermostat is one of the easiest ways to save money on heating and cooling costs. By simply turning your settings back for 8 hours, you can save as much as 10% a year. Raising your thermostat settings a few degrees in the summer and lowering your settings during the winter allows your home to stay comfortable for less energy and money. 
Programmable thermostats can also help with this energy saving measure. These
thermostats automatically adjust your heating and cooling according to a preset schedule and can store and repeat multiple daily settings while still giving you the option to manually override. When shopping for a programmable thermostat, be sure to look for the ENERGY STAR® label and check out the BGE PeakRewardsSM A/C Program
 
Central Air Conditioners   
Central air conditioners are split systems; an outdoor unit and an indoor unit. Air conditioners cool your home by removing heat from indoors and transferring that heat outside. The cooling cycle continues until the indoor temperature reaches the thermostat setting. Try these energy and money saving tips for your A/C:
Improve A/C Efficiency- Clean or replace air filters once a month and keep outdoor units free of debris for maximum A/C unit efficiency 
Raise settings- Increasing your thermostat settings during the day allows your A/C to cool your home for less
Utilize fans- Using fans removes excess heat and moisture, allowing your home to stay more comfortable
Check for home improvements- Replacing weather stripping, checking attic ventilation, using white blinds to reflect light and heat, and reducing appliance use are home improvements that can improve A/C efficiency

Heat Pumps 

Installing a heat pump to heat your home is a great choice. Heat pumps are ideally suited for our region and are a practical and economical way to keep your home warm and comfortable. They cost less to run than other conventional heating systems and are energy efficient. Check out the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® for a variety of discounts or rebates that could help you cut the cost on purchasing a heat pump for your home.
 

                  
 

Gas Heat
The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® can help you save on the cost of switching to natural gas with their Gas Connection Program. If you are already using gas heat in your home, follow these tips to help save money and energy.
System maintenance- Keeping vents and registers clear, keeping chimneys clear of obstructions and checking heating ducts for cracks and leaks will allow your gas heating system to run more efficiently.   
Utilize natural weather- Open drapes in the daytime and closing them at night will help capture the sun's heat
Raise settings- Decreasing your thermostat settings allows your gas system to heat your home for less
Consider purchasing higher efficiency appliances- High efficiency furnaces can cut heating costs in half
 
Tip
Weather Stripping

Use weather stripping to seal drafts around doors and windows.

Improve Central Air Efficiency

Replace weather stripping and caulking around windows, doors and other areas to improve the efficiency of your unit.

Consider a Programmable Thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat designed specifically for a heat pump, can help efficiently regulate your home’s temperature.

  • Heating & Cooling Rebates

    Save up to $1,150 with rebates on high-efficiency equipment and services, while improving your home’s energy efficiency and comfort.

  • Peak Rewards

    PeakRewards is a program designed to help ease "peak" demand for electricity in our region. It is a component of the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® which allows customers to conserve energy, save money, and help the environment. PeakRewards is available to BGE residential electric customers regardless of their choice of electricity supplier.