As the weather begins to warm up, it’s important for area residents to have information about BGE’s resources to help customers during the summer season. Just as BGE prepares in advance for extreme weather, their customers are urged to take steps now that can help protect their families and properties, especially during hurricane season, which runs June 1 through November 30.
Some ways customers can prepare now include:
• Download BGE’s free mobile app at the Apple Store or Google Play.
• Sign up for text, email and/or phone alerts at www.bge.com/alerts.
• Text “ADDOUTAGE” to MYBGE (69243), for two-way texting.
• Store a supply of bottled water and easy-to-prepare, non-perishable foods.
• Keep mobile devices charged and a corded phone if cell phones lose power.
• Have a flashlight with fresh batteries on each floor of your home.
• Special Needs Customers should have alternate plans in the event of extended outages.
• Bookmark BGE’s outage map at www.bge.com/outagemap for information on outages.
Save energy and lower your bills this summer by following a few tips:
• Maintain your A/C system: Most warm weather energy expenses are directly related to cooling your home. Regular maintenance will keep your system running at peak efficiency.
• Use MyAccount online tools: View energy usage in near-real time. Compare energy usage trends, measure energy-saving practices, and set alerts to know when usage is trending high.
• Manage your thermostat: Keep thermostats at a constant, comfortable level when home. Raise the thermostat setting for days of extreme heat to save even more. Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust your temperature settings when you’re away or sleeping.
• Close window shades and blinds: Sunlight passing through windows heats your home and makes your air conditioner work harder. Block this heat by closing window shades and blinds.
• Conserve with lighting: Turn off unnecessary lights and use LEDs.
• Reduce kitchen heat: Cook outdoors on a grill when possible.
• Keep the air moving: Run your ENERGY STAR® certified ceiling fan counterclockwise to produce downward airflow and a cooling effect.
• Participate in Energy Savings Days: Energy Savings Days occur when electricity demand is expected to be high, typically on very hot summer weekdays when homes and businesses use high amounts of electricity. You will be notified (via phone, email or text), of an Energy Savings Day. Use less electricity between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on an Energy Savings Day and earn bill credits!