• Delmarva Power Provides Tips to Help Customers Fall into Savings

    Oct 18, 2016

    Customers should take action now to save electricity and natural gas this winter

    NEWARK , Del. (Oct. 18, 2016) – It may be early in the fall season, but Delmarva Power says now is the best time for customers to take the necessary steps to save electricity, natural gas and money this winter. By following a few simple tips and making a few easy energy efficiency improvements, customers could save 20 percent or more on their winter heating bills.

    • Keep it sealed. A drafty house lets warm air escape and is much more costly to keep warm – especially during cooler weather. Use caulking around doors, windows and any openings for utility services. Locks on your windows can make them tighter and more resistant to drafts. Keep your fireplace damper closed when the fireplace is not in use.
    • Upgrade your insulation. Insulating your home can significantly reduce your heating costs, while increasing the comfort of your home. Reducing air leaks – in floors, walls, ceilings, ducts, fireplaces, doors, windows and vents, and around plumbing – could 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 your utility bill 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 poisoning is always an elevated possibility 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 2 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 night grows longer.
    • Never operate a generator indoors. If a generator is used during a winter power outage, please follow the manufacturer's operating and safety instructions.  Improper use of a generator can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, electrocution widespread system outages or even fatalities.

    Looking for customized solutions to help you save energy and money? Please contact our customer service department to schedule an appointment with an Energy Advisor. A Delmarva Power Energy Advisor will visit your home, provide a personal energy assessment and offer energy-efficient upgrades on the spot that could save you up to 20 percent on your monthly energy bill. Learn more about this and many other ways to save energy and money at delmarva.com or call 1-800-375-7117.

    Delmarva Power is one call away:

    If a natural gas leak is suspected, call the Delmarva Power natural gas emergency hotline at: 302-454-0317. To report downed power lines please call: 1-800-898-8042. Always call 811 before you dig.

    Find additional information by visiting www.delmarva.com, on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/delmarvapower and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/delmarvaconnect. Our mobile app is available at www.delmarva.com/mobileapp.

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    About Delmarva Power: Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and approximately 129,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware.