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Maryland Energy Administration’s Six Energy Savings Tips for the Winter

Maryland Energy Administration’s Six Energy Savings Tips for the Winter

By MEA Communications

Fall is finally here. As the weather cools and the leaves begin to wither and change colors, it is great time to start thinking about how to prep your home for comfort and energy efficiency. Don’t fret; you are not on your own. Your local utility can help you weatherize your energy systems. As a part of the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act of 2008, Maryland’s five largest electric utility companies offer a variety of programs to help Marylanders reduce the energy consumption at home. Available programs run the gamut, ranging from rebates to appliances and lighting to free basic analysis of your home through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.

Here are six things you can do today to get ready for the winter:

1. Call your electric utility company to schedule a Quick Home Energy Checkup.

An energy efficiency professional will come to your home and do a walk-through assessment to determine quick and easy ways for you to save energy and money – at no additional cost to you!

2. Schedule an energy audit through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.

An auditor will perform diagnostic tests of your home to help you determine where you can save the most money. An energy audit is a $400 value, but offered through the participating electric utility companies for just $100!

3. Throw on that sweater and lower the temperature on your thermostat.

Remember, you’ll save an average of 2% on your heating bill for each degree you lower your thermostat.

4. Lower the temperature on your water heater.

Lowering your water temperature to 120 degrees will provide plenty of heat, but will save money and reduce the risk of scalding.

5. Make sure your heating systems are in good operating condition.

If you’re in the market for a new system, you may qualify for rebates from your electric utility company.

6. Keep your curtains and drapes open during the day to help the sun warm your home, and then close them in the evening to help insulate your windows.

It sounds simple and it is, use the heat and energy of the sun to raise the temperature a few degrees.

The EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act of 2008 sets the statewide goal of 15% reduction in both electricity and peak demand by 2015. Every Maryland resident and business has an important role to help achieve this goal. For more information, including links to utility rebate programs, visit http://energy.maryland.gov/facts/empower.html