What is the Peak Energy Savings Credit?
The Peak Energy Savings Credit is designed to help you reduce your energy use when demand for electricity is at its highest. We made it rewarding for customers like you by offering credits off your bill when you reduce your energy use at home during Peak Savings Days. Reducing your energy use is also rewarding for the environment, because lowering the demand for energy helps to conserve resources.
Do I have to enroll in the Peak Energy Savings Credit?
No enrollment is needed. You can decide to reduce your energy use for a particular Peak Savings Day.
How is my baseline determined?
Your baseline is an average of the three days with your highest energy use during the prior 30-day period. This excludes the day prior to a Peak Savings Day, previous Peak Savings Days, weekends and holidays. Your energy use can change daily, so you'll have a specific baseline for each Peak Savings Day.
How much money can I save with the Peak Energy Savings Credit?
The credit you earn depends on how much you reduce your energy use below your baseline on a Peak Savings Day.
When do Peak Savings Days occur?
Peak Savings Days will most likely occur on those hot summer days when air conditioners are running constantly, which usually results in higher (or "peak") demand for electricity. You will most likely have several opportunities to save on Peak Savings Days depending on how many very hot days we experience this summer. Peak Savings Days typically occur between noon and 8:00 p.m., and usually last a few hours.
How can I reduce the amount of energy I use?
It’s as simple as turning off lights, waiting to run your washer and dryer until later or setting the temperature on your air conditioner a few degrees higher (but be sure to stay comfortable). Avoid using appliances such as dishwashers, electric stoves, televisions or washing machines during designated peak savings hours. Closing blinds and drapes can also help to keep the warm sunlight out and the cool air in your home. Unplug unnecessary electronics, which can use electricity even when they are not turned on. To learn more about how to save, view our energy-saving tips here.
What if I don't reduce my energy use?
We understand that there may be days when you may not want to reduce your electric use, such as when you have visitors. There is no downside to the Peak Energy Savings Credit. If you don't reduce your energy use during a Peak Savings Day, there is no penalty of any kind.
Do I have to be enrolled in My Account to participate in the Peak Energy Savings Credit?
While you don't have to sign up for My Account, using it has many benefits. After a Peak Savings Day, you can see how much of a credit you earned. You can also use My Account to view your daily energy use and your projected bill as of a specific date and use calculators to learn how to save money and energy. To find out about your detailed energy use, baseline and credit information, call us at:
You will also be able to see your credit on your monthly bill.
I'd like to reduce my energy use, but what if I am sensitive to temperature changes? How can I participate?
On Peak Savings Days, you can decide how you want to reduce your energy use. If you are sensitive to temperature changes, set your thermostat to remain comfortable when you reduce your energy use. There are many other ways to reduce energy to save money during a Peak Savings Day, such as waiting to run appliances, turning off lights, closing your blinds and turning off unused electronics. To learn more about how to save, view our energy-saving tips.
Can I participate in both Energy Wise Rewards™ and the Peak Energy Savings Credit? How will my credit be calculated?
Yes, you can participate in both programs. If you are an Energy Wise Rewards participant, the cycling level you selected will play a part in your credit calculation. If your total energy reduction below your baseline on a Peak Savings Day equals a credit more than your guaranteed Energy Wise Rewards credit, you’ll get an additional Peak Energy Savings Credit.
For example, if you have selected the 50 percent cycling option in Energy Wise Rewards, you receive an $8 bill credit per month between June and October. If you reduced your energy use below your baseline on a Peak Savings Day, your bill would show the $8 credit for Energy Wise Rewards and could show an additional Peak Energy Savings Credit, depending on how much energy you save.
If the amount of energy saved on a Peak Savings Day does not exceed your Energy Wise Reward credit amount, you will receive your Energy Wise Reward fixed credit.
Net energy metering and time of use customers in Maryland are currently not eligible for the Peak Energy Savings Credit program.
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