Lauren McKee and BGE crew

Tips to lower your energy usage – and costs – this summer

As summer kicks off, it’s not too late to prepare your home to help you save money and energy during the hottest part of the year.

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Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Schedule a Quick Home Energy Check-up: This free one-hour walk-through of your home with a certified efficiency professional provides a report that includes recommendations on how to reduce your energy usage. Schedule a Check-up here!
  • Maintain your A/C system: Most summer energy expenses are directly related to cooling your home. Regular maintenance will keep your system running at peak efficiency. Schedule a free HVAC system tune-up here!
  • Reduce hot water usage: Water heating accounts for about 18% of home energy consumption. Install faucet aerators and efficient flow showerheads and adjust your water heater to 120°F or the low setting.
  • Manage your thermostat: Keep thermostats at a constant, comfortable level when at home. Raise the thermostat setting for days of extreme heat. Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust your home’s temperature settings when you’re away or sleeping.
  • Close window shades and blinds: Block heat from sunlight which will keep your A/C from working harder.
  • Conserve with lighting: Turn off unnecessary lights and use LEDs which use less energy.
  • Reduce kitchen heat: Cook outdoors on a grill or use your microwave when possible.
  • Keep the air moving: Run your ENERGY STAR® certified ceiling fan counterclockwise to produce downward airflow and a cooling effect.
  • Use MyAccount online tools: Track your energy usage in near-real time, measure energy-saving practices, and set high-usage alerts.
  • Take advantage of Energy Savings Days:  Energy Savings Days occur when the demand for electricity is expected to be particularly high. You will be notified the day before to use less electricity between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and earn bill credits!

As temperatures rise, your energy use probably will, too. Take the edge off your first summer energy bill by implementing a few of these simple tips. Not sure where to start? Visit bge.com/waystosave or call us at 1-877-685-7377. Our experts can point you in the right direction to fall into savings this season.