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BG&E OFFERS 31 WAYS TO USE ENERGY WISELY DURING ENERGY CONSERVATION MONTH

BG&E OFFERS 31 WAYS TO USE ENERGY WISELY DURING ENERGY CONSERVATION MONTH
    BALTIMORE, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- October is Energy Conservation Month and Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (NYSE: BGE) wants its customers to know that they have the power to control their energy bills by enrolling in Conserve 2000 programs and taking advantage of some simple energy-saving tips.
    During October, the company will be highlighting several businesses for participating in efficient lighting rebate programs, distributing electric lawn mowers to customers and meeting with state and local government representatives about new energy-saving initiatives.
    BG&E's Conserve 2000 Program, formally launched last October, is a comprehensive 10-year program designed to increase the energy efficiency of homes, offices and factories in Maryland, resulting in environmentally clean and affordable power now and in the 21st century. It offers customers a wide range of conservation programs, services and incentives to help them save energy and money.
    Programs for residential customers include the air conditioner energy saver switch, electric water heater energy saver switch, time of use rates, efficient heating and cooling equipment rebates, energy audits and natural gas heat.
    Business customers can participate in high-efficiency lighting, motor and air compressor programs, natural gas air conditioning, natural gas vehicles and other energy options such as stand-by generation or curtailable electric service.
    In addition to these energy-saving programs, all customers can have an impact on their energy bills by taking advantage of some simple everyday tips.  Following is a tip sheet for each day of Energy Conservation Month.
    Energy conservation is always a good idea since it can result in lower utility bills and reduce the need for future additional generating stations.  For more information on these and other energy conservation programs, customers may call BG&E's Marketing & Energy Services Department at 800-786-2000.
                   THIRTY-ONE TIPS FOR SAVING ENERGY
    HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING
    -- 1. Set thermostat at 78 degrees or higher in summer.  In winter, for systems other than heat pumps, set thermostat at 70 degrees or lower during the day and 65 degrees at night.  Set heat pump thermostat at 70 degrees or lower and do not use nighttime set back unless using a programmable thermostat.
    -- 2. Check filters once a month; clean or replace as necessary.
    -- 3. Install a humidifier if your home is dry.  This may help you feel more comfortable at a lower temperature.  Be sure to clean and remove particle deposits on humidifiers.
    -- 4. Keep fireplace damper closed when not in use.
    -- 5. When home is unoccupied for more than four hours, turn air conditioning off.
    -- 6. Keep supply and return registers clear of furniture, drapes and other obstructions so the air can flow freely through them.
    SAVING ENERGY IN THE KITCHEN
    Refrigerator/freezer
    -- 7. Minimize number of times door is opened.
    -- 8. Clean external coils behind and beneath refrigerator regularly.  Kick plates must be kept free of dust for proper air circulation.
    -- 9. If possible, locate refrigerator-freezer away from heat- producing appliances.
    -- 10. Use energy saver switches on refrigerator whenever possible.
    Range/oven
    -- 11. Turn off electric surface units a short time before food is done, allowing retained heat to complete cooking.  Turn oven off 5-10 minutes prior to designated time, allowing retained heat to complete cooking the meal.
    -- 12. Avoid opening oven door unnecessarily.
    -- 13. Cover pans whenever possible to avoid heat loss.
    -- 14. Microwave ovens cook food in a fraction of the time compared to conventional ranges and use less electricity.
    Dishwasher
    -- 15. Operate only when full
    -- 16. If possible, turn off dishwasher after final rinse and before dry cycle.  Open door slightly to let dishes air dry.
    LIGHTING
    -- 17. Turn off lights when not in use.
    -- 18. Don't use larger bulbs than necessary.
    -- 19. Use three-way bulbs in lamps.  Use high wattage for reading, low wattage for conversation and general lighting.
    -- 20. Use fluorescent light wherever possible, particularly in kitchen, utility room and bath.  Fluorescent lighting will provide more light per watt at a lower operating cost then incandescent.
    WATER HEATING
    -- 21. Don't overheat water for your needs.  A good temperature is 140 degrees if you use a dishwasher.  However, if you don't have a dishwasher or if your dishwasher is equipped with a water temperature booster, a 120 degree temperature or lower setting may be suitable.
    -- 22. Install flow restrictors in showers and faucets.
    -- 23. Install approved insulation jacket around existing water heater.
    LAUNDRY
    Washer
    -- 24. Separate clothes and wait until you have a full load to wash them.
    -- 25. Select appropriate water temperature.  Use warm or cold to wash most fabrics.  Rinse in cold water.
    Dryer
    -- 26. Immediately after the dryer stops, hang up garments which will need pressing to reduce pressing time.
    -- 27. Empty lint screen after each use.  This shortens drying time and prevents wrinkling.
    Small appliances
    -- 28. Frequently empty or replace the dust bag in you vacuum cleaner.  A full bag reduces the suction and increases vacuuming time.
    -- 29. Avoid piecemeal ironing by ironing more clothes at one time.
    -- 30. Be sure television sets, stereos and radios are turned off when not in use.
    -- Keep coffee warm by storing it in an insulated container rather then keeping the automatic coffee brewer plugged in.
    -0-             09/30/92
    CONTACT:  Arthur J. Slusark, director of public information of Baltimore Gas and Electric, 410-234-7433
    (BGE) CO:  BALTIMORE GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY IN:  UTI ST:  MD -- PH010 -- X407  09/30/92
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