BGE plans Energy Savings Day on Thursday

BGE has scheduled its first Energy Savings Day of the summer for Thursday, when customers are asked to conserve energy between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. to get a credit on their next bill.

Savings days are typically scheduled when increased demand for electricity is expected throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Power supply is expected to be sufficient Thursday to meet high demand, the utility said.

Customers with smart meters installed at their homes can voluntarily reduce electricity usage to earn a credit of $1.25 for every kilowatt-hour saved. Those who participate in the company’s PeakRewards Air Conditioning program will have their central air conditioner automatically cycled up to the 50 percent level, which means compressors will be off for half the time they would normally run.

Customers that have smart meters and participate in PeakRewards will automatically get a bill credit, receiving whichever program credit is greater on their June through September bills.

BGE is urging customers to take energy-saving measures only as health permits.

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