Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. is offering to cut $16 a year off the bill for customers who are willing to let the utility company turn off their water heaters occasionally.
The new program involves the installation of control switches on residential electric hot water heaters. This switch will allow BG&E to turn off the electricity to the heaters for no more than six hours at a time. Service interruptions, limited to a maximum of 12 times a year, will allow BG&E to better manage electrical use during periods of peak demand, the company said.
In return, BG&E customers will receive a $16 credit, divided into $4 increments in the June, July, August and September bills.