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Here are some ways to save energy and money throughout your home, both year-round and on Energy Savings Days. For additional tips, log into your account and visit BGE.com/tips.

Click or tap on the to learn more about improvements that can save you energy and money year-round.

Click or tap on the for tips to save $1.25/kWh by reducing your electricity usage on Energy Savings Days, which are typically scheduled from 1 pm – 7 pm on hot summer days.

Attic and Roof

Average Energy Savings

solar panel
up to $740/year
house fan
up to $375/year
Total savings up to $1,115/year
+$1.25/kWh saved on Energy Savings Days

Solar Panels

solar panel
  • Install solar panels to produce some or all your home’s electricity.

Whole-House Fan

house fan
  • A whole-house fan can keep you comfortable in the summer for about 20% of the cost of central A/C.

Home Office

Average Energy Savings

Total savings up to $316/year
+$1.25/kWh saved on Energy Savings Days

Ceiling Fan Tip

fan
  • Circulate air with a fan instead of an air conditioner on Energy Savings Days.

A/C Unit Tip

air condition
  • During the summer, cooling typically uses the most energy in your home. If you have window A/C units, consider turning them off during Energy Savings Days for added savings, if health permits.

Power Strip Tips

power strip
  • Use a power strip to easily turn off electronics from 1 pm – 7 pm during Energy Savings Days to help you save.
  • If you’ll be away from home during an Energy Savings Day, use a timer to turn off lights and devices from 1 pm – 7 pm to maximize your savings.

Combo Machine Tips

copier
  • Inkjet printers use less energy than laser printers.
  • Multifunctional devices which combine printers, copiers and scanners are best for small offices. They use less energy, especially when inactive.

Kitchen

Average Energy Savings

freezer
up to $15/year
dishwasher
up to $20/year
oven
$1.25/kWh
Total savings up to $35/year
+$1.25/kWh saved on Energy Savings Days

Fridge Tip

freezer
  • Use an appliance thermometer to make sure your refrigerator’s temperature measures between 35°F and 38°F and your freezer’s temperature measures between 0°F and 5°F.

Oven Tip

oven
  • Delay the use of heat-producing appliances, like your oven, until after 7 pm on Energy Savings Days

Dishwasher Tip

dishwasher
  • Delay the use of your dishwasher until after the Energy Savings Day has ended.

Living Room

Average Energy Savings

Total savings up to $315/year
+$1.25/kWh saved on Energy Savings Days

Lights Tip

lights
  • Insulating light switches and outlets can reduce drafts and keep your home comfortable.

Outlet Tip

outlet
  • Did you know electronics continue to draw power even when in sleep mode or turned off? Unplug electronics when they are not in use.

Thermostat Tip

thermostat
  • A programmable thermostat helps you control energy use when not at home. To keep your home comfortable, pre-cool your home by lowering the thermostat 3-4° before 1 pm and then raise it 3-4° above average from 1 pm – 7 pm during Energy Savings Days. Set it even higher if health permits.

Smart device Tip

smart-device
  • Control your TV, lights and connected Wi-Fi thermostat with smart home devices like Amazon Alexa and Google Home and schedule everything to be off from 1 pm – 7 pm during Energy Savings Days.

Television Tips

television
  • LED and LCD TVs are more efficient than standard and Plasma TVs.
  • Turn off your television and other electronics during Energy Savings Days for added savings.

Dimming Bulb Tip

dimming bulb
  • Use dimmable lights where possible. Being able to dim the lights in your home can save energy.

Home Exterior

Average Energy Savings

Total savings up to $520/year
+$1.25/kWh saved on Energy Savings Days

Insulation Tips

insulation
  • Insulation can be the single most effective way to save energy. When looking to purchase new insulation, look for insulation with a high “R-value”.
  • You can receive up to $2,000 of insulation improvements for your home after signing up for a $100 Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® audit.

Windows Tips

window
  • Make your windows more efficient by caulking or weather stripping them. Consider having a trained professional replace old windows.
  • Close blinds on the sunny side of your home during Energy Savings Days to prevent extra heat from entering your home.

Shade tree Tip

tree
  • Well-placed shade trees can reduce your cooling needs by up to 30% by blocking the sun’s heat from entering your home.

Electric Vehicle Tips

car
  • Postpone charging of electric vehicles until after 7 pm on Energy Savings Days.
  • Charge your electric vehicle with an ENERGY STAR® certified charger. ENERGY STAR® certified charging stations use up to 40% less energy than those that are not certified when charging.
  • Choose between an electric vehicle or time-of-use rate plan with BGE, which can save you money by charging your EV during off-peak or nighttime hours. Visit BGE.com/ElectricVehicles for information about alternate rate plans.

Air Conditioner Tip

conditioner
  • If replacing your air conditioner, look to purchase one with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) of at least 15.

Basement

Average Energy Savings

Total savings up to $1,635/year
+$1.25/kWh saved on Energy Savings Days

Washer Tips

Washer
  • ENERGY STAR® washers use up to 20% less energy and 35% less water.
  • BGE offers rebates of $75 and $100 on ENERGY STAR® washing machines.
  • Delay the use of your washer and dryer until after 7 pm on Energy Savings Days.

Dryer Tips

Dryer
  • ENERGY STAR® certified dryers can use up to 20% less energy.
  • When purchasing a new dryer, look for these features: moisture sensors, multiple drying temperatures and times.
  • Delay the use of your washer and dryer until after 7 pm on Energy Savings Days.

Water Heater Tip

Water Heater
  • Setting your water heater to the “low” setting or 120° can result in up to a 10% savings.

Dehumidifier Tip

dehumidifier
  • Turn off your dehumidifier from 1 pm – 7 pm during Energy Savings Days for added savings.

Geothermal Pump Tip

geothermal pump
  • Geothermal pumps use the earth’s temperature to warm and cool your home and use much less energy than the traditional heating and cooling systems.
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