For Immediate Release
More than 819,000 customers with a smart meter are eligible to participate in the BGE Smart Energy Rewards® program and are encouraged to voluntarily participate in upcoming Energy Savings Days and reduce their electricity usage to receive a credit on their next bill
BALTIMORE, July 29, 2014 – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) customers are seeing first-hand the benefits of smart meters with the overwhelming success of the first BGE Smart Energy Rewards Program Energy Savings Day of the summer. On Wednesday, July 23, more than 640,000 BGE residential customers with a smart meter installed in their home voluntarily participated in the Energy Savings Day and the company awarded more than $2.5 million in bill credits in response to customers’ commitment to reducing their energy use. In addition to the cost benefits of reducing energy use, BGE customers who chose to voluntarily reduce their energy use during the Energy Savings Day received an average credit of $6.80 during the event.
An Energy Savings Day typically occurs on very hot summer weekdays when homes and businesses are using higher amounts of electricity, especially air conditioning. BGE anticipates that there will be between 5-10 Energy Savings Days in a summer season. This includes Energy Savings Days that may begin without advanced notification due to unforeseen weather and grid conditions that result in an unpredicted spike in energy demand.
“BGE commends our customers on their participation in the first BGE Energy Savings Day of the summer and the great savings they were able to achieve,” said Ruth Kiselewich, director of demand side management programs, BGE. “For this first event of summer 2014, we saw nearly an 80 percent participation from eligible customers – those with smart meters. We look forward to working with our customers to sustain and increase their participation in each Energy Savings Day so they can save on their electric bills, help ease peak demand, contribute to improved reliability and help make a positive impact on the environment.”
BGE customers with a smart meter installed at their home can participate in the BGE Smart Energy Rewards program by voluntarily reducing their electricity usage to earn a bill credit of $1.25 for every kilowatt-hour saved from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the designated Energy Savings Days. BGE Smart Energy Rewards eligible customers will be notified, usually the evening before an Energy Savings Day, by an automated phone call and email or customers’ may opt-in for a text notification. These notifications help customers plan ahead to ensure they have time to shift or reduce electricity use between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the Energy Savings Day. To ensure customers receive Energy Savings Day notifications, they should update their contact information on a mobile device or computer by visiting BGE.com/MyAccount. BGE will also keep customers updated on BGE.com and BGE.com/EnergySavingsDay.
BGE reminds customers to keep safety in mind and customers should only take energy-saving measures as health permits and the company recommends that customers consider the following tips to help save energy and stay comfortable during the Energy Savings Day:
BGE thanks its customers for participating in the BGE Smart Energy Rewards and PeakRewards programs, which help to reduce peak electric demand and ensure the reliability of the electric delivery system. These programs are a part of the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act’s goal of reducing both per capita energy consumption and per capita peak demand by 15 percent by the end of 2015.
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