• Pepco Provides Tips to Help Customers Fall into Savings

    Oct 10, 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 10, 2017) – With fall season officially underway, now is an ideal time for Mid-Atlantic residents to start preparing for winter weather by taking steps that help increase energy cost savings. 

    By following a few simple tips and making easy energy efficiency improvements, customers could save up to 20 percent on winter heating bills.  

    • Keep it sealed. A drafty house leaks warm air, resulting in higher heating costs during winter. Use caulking around doors, windows, and any openings for utility services. Locks on  windows can make them tighter and more resistant to drafts. Keep fireplace dampers closed when the fireplace is not in use.
    • Upgrade insulation. Insulating homes can significantly reduce heating costs. Reducing air leaks – in floors, walls, ceilings, ducts, fireplaces, doors, windows and vents, and around plumbing – can cut 10 percent from an average household's monthly energy bill. 
    • Check ducts for air leaks. Look for joints that should be connected but have separated. Leaky ductwork can increase monthly energy costs significantly.
    • Warm up your system. Service your heating system at the beginning of each heating season. A well-maintained system will last longer, operate more efficiently and save you money. The potential for carbon monoxide exposure is possible if home heating equipment isn’t properly tested, serviced and maintained.
    • Manage your thermostat. Keep thermostats set at a constant, comfortable level. You can save about two percent on your heating bill for every degree you lower your thermostat.
    • Be prepared for cooler weather. Remove screens and air conditioners from windows and install storm windows.
    • Shorter days and longer lights. Don’t forget to adjust outdoor lighting timers as the nights grow longer. Take the time to replace older incandescent bulbs with new energy efficient LED bulbs. 

    Looking for customized solutions to help you save energy and money? Pepco offers rebates and incentive programs for customers on pepco.com/savings.  

    Pepco is committed to helping customers by providing tips and information about how to save energy and money and connecting customers with helpful state and federal energy efficiency resources. We offer payment options including budget billing to help customer manage their monthly electricity bills.

    Many programs also are available to help low- and limited-income customers who are struggling to pay their energy bills. Customers who wish to learn more or take advantage of these important programs can visit pepco.com or call 202-833-7500.

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