Most Baltimore homes leak air and heat. To learn more about professional whole-house energy upgrades, talk to an Energy Advisor with Civic Works’ Retrofit Baltimore program: 410-929-6139.
CFLs use so much less electricity they pay for themselves in under 6 months. Get free ones from the BGE Quick Home Energy Check-Up or buy them yourself! Always remember to turn lights off when you leave a room!
Cleaning your refrigerator coils every 6 months will improve efficiency and reduce energy usage. Or, consider replacing an older refrigerator with an Energy Star model which could save you $500-$1000 over 5 years!
Space heating accounts for a whopping 31% of your yearly bill. Having your system regularly serviced, replacing furnace filters, utilizing reflective radiator panels and keeping vents, radiators and baseboard units unobstructed are all ways that you can save on your heating costs.
Many devices in your home draw power when you’re not using them and even when they’re off, like TVs and cell phone chargers. Turn everything off, and hit the powerstrip to do it!
Using cold water to wash your laundry can save up to 90% of your energy costs per load. That is $200 a year in savings! Clothes dryers are one of the largest users of household energy, up to 12% of your monthly energy bill. Consider using a space saving retractable clothesline!
Low-flow showerheads have all the comfort of normal showerheads, but use less than half the hot water, saving you money every day. Free with the BGE Quick Home Energy Check-Up!
Buy an insulating jacket for your hot water heater, and turn the temperature down to 120 degrees. If yours is electric, the BGE Quick Home Energy Check-Up will wrap it for free!
Set your thermostat to 68 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer. Using these recommended settings saves you money! Unlike a person, a programmable thermostat won’t forget change your thermostat settings while you’re away or sleeping. You could save $200 a year by installing and using one!