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How to Beat the Heat – Hot Weather Tips from BGE

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Utility provider Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) has put out a reminder for customers on how to keep their homes cool during the height of summer. The heat prompts many customers to use a much greater amount of energy to cool their homes. BGE’s recommendations can help reduce energy usage by 20% or more without sacrificing on comfort:

  • Manage your thermostat
  • Check Air conditioner size and placement
  • Use fans to circulate air
  • Use appliances wisely
  • Keep shades, blinds, and curtains closed
  • Keep hot air out
  • Replace your old appliances with ENERGY STAR energy-efficient models
  • Replace inefficient lighting with CFLs or LEDs

Most of these recommendations should be followed year round, and can save homeowners hundreds of dollars on their bills each year. For more information on BGE and their smart energy program, check out their website here.