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Connecticut, Maryland, Washington D.C., Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts and New Hampshire customers, both residential and commercial have found the most convenient way to compare energy rates is through PointClickSwitch.com. Our Baltimore headquarters has a dedicated staff that can answer your questions, provide tips on energy savings, and help you find the utility company that best suits your needs and fits your budget.
Q. How is price set for my utility bill?
A. Your utility bill is comprised of three separate components: The cost of the actual electricity your consuming, a fee for transmission from energy source to distribution system, and a fee for delivering electricity to your home or business. So, factors such as your location and your provider’s energy source can contribute to the cost of your bill.
Q. I’m concerned about the environment. How do I know which company is the most environmentally conscious?
A. All suppliers must tell you how they generate their electricity, be it nuclear, natural gas, oil, or solar. They must also be transparent about what types of air emissions they produce and their energy efficiency. You can do your part by choosing a company that provides renewable, clean energy.
Q. Once I’m with the best company, what can I do to continue to increase my energy and money savings?
A. During the winter, you can save 3 percent on your heating costs for every degree your thermostat is set below 70°F. In the summer, keep your thermostat at a comfortable 78°F. Inspect all the ductwork, crawlspaces, and fireplaces in your home for air leaks. You can also replace incandescent light bulbs with more efficient, longer-lasting fluorescent bulbs to save energy and money.
Ohio, Connecticut, Maryland, Washington D.C., Illinois, Massachusetts and New Hampshire consumers turn to Point Click Switch to help choose their energy suppliers. Our convenient and easy-to-use web tool allows users to see how their current provider stacks up against other energy companies. Use our online service or give us a call and a member of our experienced staff will provide you with more information on how you can save on your energy costs.
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8 Ways to Reduce Your Electric Bill
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lowering your water heater temperature setting from 140° F to 120° F can reduce your water heating energy bill by more than 10 percent.
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.
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..