BGE offers energy tips for winter

November 16, 2003|By Stephanie Tracy | Stephanie Tracy,SUN STAFF

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. is offering energy-conservation tips for the winter and is encouraging its limited-income customers to take advantage of assistance offered by the company to ease the burden of increasing energy costs.

Among its conservation tips, BGE suggests installing a programmable thermostat that will keep the house comfortable during the day and cooler at night and when no one is home. Changing furnace filters monthly and closing heating registers and doors in unused rooms will also help conserve energy.

Blinds, draperies, curtains and other window dressings can also be used to slow the loss of heat through glass. Opening curtains and blinds on sunny days to allow natural heating by the sun is also encouraged. BGE also suggested using humidifiers because moist air feels warmer.

BGE also offers various assistance programs for limited-income customers to aid them in cutting energy costs.

The company's budget billing sets monthly payments based on estimated annual usage and adjusts the payments periodically to accommodate increased usage during summer and winter. The Conservation Home Improvement Program provides funding for low-income customers looking to make their homes more energy-efficient.

BGE's Furnace Replacement Program helps residents replace nonrepairable gas furnaces with new units. Customers can also earn up to $144 per year in bill credits through BGE's Customer Assistance Maintenance Program. Customers seeking financial assistance can contact the Maryland Office of Home Energy Programs at 410-396-5555 or 800-352-1446.

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