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Stay Warm, Spend Less – Simple Winter Tips

Stay Warm, Spend Less – Simple Winter Tips

Before Temperatures Go Down, Step Up to Weatherize for Warmth and Savings

Wintry cold weather will soon blow its way across Maryland, DC and Virginia. For our more than 1.2 million customers in the region, staying warm is top of mind …and so is spending less money.
 

Especially at this time. As we announced, compared to last year, our customers – due to several reasons – can expect to see an increase of up to 22 percent in heating bills this coming season.  Factors include the recent rise in the market price of natural gas and the warmer than normal weather last year which resulted in lower than average bills.  We remind our customer that what we pay is what customers are charged on their bills. We make no profit from the sale of natural gas.  

The good news is there are simple steps you can take to lower the impact on your heating bill. 

Prepare Now by Weatherizing Your Home

If everyone follows practical preparation steps, they can reduce energy use and lower gas bills while keeping their homes comfortable and warm. It makes a significant difference. On average, less energy efficient homes can save about 25 percent on energy consumption and more than $275 annually in heating and cooling costs when they weatherize. 

Follow These Winter Preparation Tips

  • Change or clean your furnace or air filters once a month and schedule an annual furnace or boiler check-up with a licensed professional.
  • Caulk and weather strip around doors and windows.
  • Check dampers in unused fireplaces and close them if they are open.
  • Turn the water heater down to warm or low settings— never more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Wash full loads of laundry in cold water, using specially formulated cold-water detergents.
  • Consider installing new, high-efficiency appliances and look for the ENERGY STAR® label for efficiency ratings.
  • Consider purchasing a programmable thermostat, which automatically lowers the temperature setting at night and increases the setting during the day.

We hope you find this guidance useful! 

As an essential energy provider that has called the DC-region home for more than 170 years, we care about our neighbors and encourage customers to start preparing for our next winter season that is just around the corner.

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