Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. says its first "Energy Savings Day" of the summer — when customers who voluntarily conserve earn bill credits — will hit on Wednesday.
BGE said anyone with a smart meter can participate by cutting back on electricity use between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. that day, a period when the utility expects high temperatures will press up demand for power throughout the mid-Atlantic. BGE, which calls the program Smart Energy Rewards, said customers will earn $1.25 per kilowatt-hour conserved.
Customers can cut back by raising their thermostat by several degrees, turning off window air-conditioning units, waiting to run the dishwasher or clothes dryer and making other changes, BGE said.
Customers in the separate PeakRewards program, who agree to let BGE cycle their air conditioner on high-demand days, will get Smart Energy Reward credits for the electricity conserved through cycling.