Save year-round with these tips
Save year-round with these tips
Stay comfy and save energy.
When summer heat or winter cold reach their peak, your bill may reflect more energy usage due to the extreme temperatures outside. Making small changes to your energy use at these times of year can help you lower your energy use and costs. BGE puts you in control of your energy with easy tools and programs that help you stay on track and save big.
Maintain Your Heating System
Did you know that heating your home is the highest energy user? You can help ensure your heating system is ready for winter by scheduling a service check through the HVAC tune-up site here.
Adjust Your Thermostat Settings
If your health permits, try to keep your thermostat set to 68° in the winter. For each degree lower than 68° you could save up to 5% on heating costs.
According to energystar.gov, 9 out of 10 homes in the U.S. are under-insulated. Sealing air leaks (for example, around windows, doors, and the foundation) and adding insulation in attics, floors over crawl spaces, and basements can save homeowners an average of 15% on heating and cooling costs. Schedule a Quick Home Energy Check-up to have a certified professional evaluate your home’s insulation, air leaks, and more, and get recommendations to help you save energy and money.
Lower Your Water Heater Setting
Water heating accounts for about 18% of home energy consumption. Reduce hot water usage by installing faucet aerators and efficient flow showerheads, and adjusting your hot water heater to 120°F, or the low setting.
Reduce Kitchen Heat
Cook outdoors on a grill when possible. Small cooking appliances such as microwaves, toaster and convection ovens, air fryers, and slow cookers also use less energy and generate less heat than a standard oven.
Keep Air Moving
In the summer, switch ceiling fans to rotate counterclockwise to create a cooling downward airflow. Ceiling fans cool people, not rooms, so turn off the ceiling fan when you leave the room.
Skip the Dryer
Only wash full loads of laundry (but don’t overload) and use cold water when possible. Consider hanging clothes to dry if you can — or drying at a lower temperature setting. If your dryer has an auto-dry setting, use it, and be sure to clean your dryer’s lint trap after every use.
Cook With Care
Cooking on the stove top? A 6″ pot on an 8″ burner wastes over 40% of the burner’s heat. Using the right-sized pot on stove burners can save about $36 annually for an electric range, or $18 for gas.
Reduce Lighting Usage
Be sure to turn off unnecessary lights and use LEDs, which can save you around $80 over the lifetime of each lightbulb. Save on Lighting.
Replace Air Filters Regularly
Filters that become dirty and clogged can significantly reduce your heating and cooling system’s efficiency. We recommend replacing your air filters every 30 – 90 days based on the type and efficiency of your filter.
Keep Vents Clear
Make sure furniture, drapes, rugs, or other objects aren’t blocking the airflow through your registers. Vacuum your air intake vents regularly to remove any dust buildup.
Sources: energy.gov, energystar.gov, CNET.com