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BGE Offers Tips to Help Customers ‘Fall’ into Savings During National Energy Awareness Month

Customers received more than $37 million in bill credits during summer 

BALTIMORE (Oct.10, 2018) – October is National Energy Awareness Month and BGE reminds customers that taking steps to save energy and money now will pay off this winter. By following a few simple tips and making a few easy energy efficiency improvements, customers could save on their winter heating bills.

  • Maintain Heating Systems. Most cold weather energy expenses are related to heating your home. Schedule service for your heating system to find out what maintenance is required to keep your system operating efficiently.
  • Lower Water Heating Costs. Water heating accounts for about 18 percent of the energy consumed in your home. Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting of 120 degrees Fahrenheit and save.
  • Adjust the Temperature. When you are at home and awake, set your thermostat to as low a setting as is comfortable for you. When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours and save approximately 10 percent a year on your heating bills. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to automatically adjust temperature settings. If you have a heat pump, maintain a moderate setting or use a programmable thermostat specially designed for use with heat pumps.        
  • Take Advantage of the Sun's Heat. Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and then close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
  • My Account Online Tools. Your BGE online account contains tools and detailed energy usage information. By tracking your energy usage, reviewing usage trends, and discovering the results of energy-saving practices, you can manage your energy more efficiently. Log onto BGE.com/MyAccount to get started.

BGE customers have opportunities to save on their energy bills all year long. In fact, it was a successful summer of savings for Energy Savings Days and PeakRewards℠ Air Conditioning program participants. More than 840,000 Energy Savings Day customers saved over 370 megawatts—equal to carbon dioxide emissions from more than 300,000 pounds of coal burned.  For their energy-saving efforts, Energy Savings Day participants were awarded more than $16 million in bill credits, averaging $14.46 per household. Additionally, more than 305,000 PeakRewards℠ Air Conditioning customers were awarded more than $21 million in bill credits this past summer.

Looking for customized solutions to help you save energy and money? BGE offers rebates for these and other home efficiency improvements through the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program®.    

The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program is a suite of programs that enable customers to control energy use, leading to more efficient use of electricity and lowering energy bills. The programs have provided $537 million in rebates to BGE customers and have also helped nearly 2.2 million residential and business participants save nearly 3.6 million MWh of electricity. Collectively, the programs help contain the cost of energy and improve reliability by reducing peak demand and slowing the growth in energy consumption. Energy-saving solutions are available to renters, homeowners, large and small business customers, nonprofits and institutional customers. More information can be found at BGESmartEnergy.com. EmPOWER Maryland programs are funded by a charge on your energy bill. EmPOWER programs can help you reduce your energy consumption and save you money. To learn more about EmPOWER and how you can participate, go to BGESmartEnergy.com.

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BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation's first gas utility and headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland's largest natural gas and electric utility. The company's approximately 3,200 employees are committed to safe and reliable power delivery to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. J.D. Power's 2017 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study SM ranked BGE highest in customer satisfaction with business electric service in the east among large utilities. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $5 billion of output in its service area, supporting more than 9,500 local jobs and producing $923 million in labor income. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube  and Flickr.

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