Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Most of the energy we use to power our lights and drive our cars comes from resources that are non-renewable such as coal, natural gas, and oil. We only have a limited amount of these resources and need to find ways to both conserve and use them efficiently.
- Schedule a BGE Home Energy Check-up.
- 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.
- 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.