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Tips for Receiving Electric and Gas Savings in Baltimore

At Point Click Switch we want to be the energy advisors you turn to when you are looking for electric and gas savings. Baltimore and Washington, D.C residents, and those throughout the state of Maryland, can use these eight easy tips and tricks to help keep your monthly energy bill low.

8 Ways to Reduce Your Electric Bill

1. Weatherstrip and Caulk

All around entrance doors and windows, a seal must be made to limit air leaks that could account for 15-30% of heating and cooling energy requirements.

2.Thermostat Placement

The thermostat should be located on an inside wall and away from windows and doors. Cold drafts will cause it to keep the system running even when the rest of the house is warm enough.

3.Thermostat Settings

During the winter, set the heat on the thermostat as low as comfort permits. For instance, each degree above 68° F can add 3% to the amount of energy needed for heating. If you have a heat pump, make sure that the thermostat is designed to operate it efficiently when raising the temperature after it has been lowered.

4.Use Heat Sparingly

In the winter season, water vapors from bathing and cooking are beneficial because they help humidify the home. Use kitchen and bath exhaust fans sparingly in the winter to keep as much heat as possible inside your house.

5. Use Energy Star

Consider replacing your refrigerator or freezer BEFORE it breaks down. Look for the ENERGY STAR® label when shopping for refrigerators or freezers. On average, ENERGY STAR® refrigerators use 15 to 20 percent less energy.

6. Reduce Temperatures

Lowering your water heater temperature setting from 140° F to 120° F can reduce your water heating energy bill by more than 10 percent.

7. Use LED lights

For holiday lighting, consider using LED lights. Not only will LED lights reduce electric use by more than 90 percent, they will last up to 25,000 hours.

8. Unplug unused appliances

The average home uses 24 electronic products, accounting for up to 15 percent of household electricity use. Turn off these products when they’re not in use. Or, use a power strip as a central “turn off” point when you are finished using equipment..

These simple tips can help you become green and receive great electric and gas savings. Maryland residents can rely on Point Click Switch for innovative ways to save. At our Baltimore business, we set out to save you time and money. All you have to do is point, click, and switch!