Energy Saving Tips

At Home



  • Buy a programmable thermostat and use it to keep your home most comfortable during the hours you are at home and awake.
  • Try setting the temperature at a few degrees higher (summer) or lower (winter) than you presently do. A change of one degree can mean a savings of up to 3%.
  • Use compact fluorescent lightbulbs. While they are slightly more expensive up front, ($4 -$6 each) they last about six times longer than incandescent bulbs. Replacing your five most used bulbs with fluorescent bulbs can save about $60 a year.
  • Keep appliances, furnaces and air conditioners in good repair. Change filters regularly. When buying new appliances, consider those with the “Energy Star” rating.
  • Look for energy drains in your home. Insulate your attic and water heater, caulk drafty windows, and close off unused rooms.
  • Appliances and computers draw power even when they are off but plugged in. Unplug the small kitchen appliances, laundry machines, the iron and computers when not in use.
  • In summer, avoid activities that will generate heat during the hottest part of the day, such as running the dryer or using the oven.
  • Explore BGE’s Time of Usage Rate Plan to determine if it would lower your bills.
  • Become energy wise. Learn what makes the biggest impact on your usage and explore ways to economize.