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Delmarva Power Offers Energy Saving Ideas

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Utility Provides Tips to Help Customers Manage Their Summer Energy Costs

While summer is a great time to enjoy warm weather activities, it is not so pleasing to feel the heat of higher energy bills that are often associated with higher energy use. Delmarva Power offers its customers the following energy conservation tips:

• Have your air conditioning system checked by a licensed technician to ensure it is in good working condition.

• If health permits, set your air conditioner’s thermostat between 75-78 degrees. Every degree you move your thermostat up can save as much as five percent on your cooling bill.

• Change or clean your air conditioner filter. A dirty filter causes the unit to run longer and inefficiently.

• Close window shades, blinds, or drapes to keep out the sun and retain cooler air inside.

• Move lamps, TVs, and other heat producing items away from your air conditioner’s thermostat. Turn off electric appliances and equipment when not is use.

• Check that all windows and doors are tightly closed to keep the cool air in and the hot air out. Weather stripping also can help seal air leaks around doors and windows.

• Cook and use other heat-generating appliances such as washers, dryers and dish washers in the early morning or cooler evening hours.

• Wash clothes in cold water.

• Use dishwashers only when fully loaded. Use the air-dry option if your unit has one.

• Consider preparing light summer meals that do not require a lot of cooking. If possible, use an outdoor grill or microwave for cooking.

Summer will surely bring hot, humid weather, but with a little effort, you can be comfortable and help stretch your energy dollars too. For more energy saving tips and to help better understand how extreme temperatures can affect your energy bill, visit www.delmarva.com and click on “My Account,” our online energy audit tool.

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Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to nearly 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 121,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .