Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, along with PJM, the electric power grid for 13 states and the District of Columbia, today announced an electric power advisory, meaning higher than usual demand for electricity is expected for today due to the region’s continuing hot weather.
While BGE and PJM expect to have enough electricity to meet the heavy demand for power, customers are being asked to use energy prudently, especially between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., when demand for electricity is highest. Customers enrolled in BGE’s PeakRewards demand reduction program may experience activation of the energy saver thermostats, or the switches on their central air conditioning system and/or water heater. Activating these devices helps the utility reduce demand during peak usage times.
Electricity conservation measures include but are not limited to:
• Setting air conditioner thermostats higher than usual if health permits
• Closing curtains and blinds to keep the sun out and retain cooler air inside
• Delaying the use of major household appliances like electric stoves, dishwashers and clothes dryers until after 9 p.m.
• Turning off non-essential electric appliances and equipment