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.
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
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.
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