• Atlantic City Electric Offers Ways to Save on Summer Energy Bills

    May 28, 2010

    Customers encouraged to reduce electricity use for lower bills

    MAYS LANDING, N.J. – With those hot, humid summer temperatures on the horizon, Atlantic City Electric reminds customers of ways to save on their monthly energy bill by reducing their electricity use.

    The reminder to conserve energy to save money comes at a time when people are adjusting their thermostats to cope with the warmer temperatures.

    “Hot summer temperatures can strongly impact monthly electric bills which is why we urge our customers to conserve energy and save money,” said Robert Revelle, Atlantic City Electric Region Vice President.

    Atlantic City Electric suggests the following ways for customers to save on their summer bills:

    • Register to use My Account, a web-based interactive tool that is free and easy to use, at www.atlanticcityelectric.com. My Account provides customers with a detailed analysis of their specific electricity use and offers ways they can reduce their use to save on their monthly energy bills.
    • Set your air conditioner’s thermostat between 75-78 degrees. After removing the humidity, this can be a comfortable temperature range. Remember every degree raised on the thermostat can save as much as three percent on the energy bill.
    • Have the air conditioning system checked by a licensed technician to ensure it is in good working condition.
    • Change your air conditioner filter. A dirty filter causes the unit to run longer and inefficiently.
    • Close window shades, blinds, or drapes to block the sunlight during the hottest part of the day.
    • Move lamps, TVs, and other heat-producing items away from the air conditioner’s thermostat. Heat from these appliances could cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary. Turn these appliances off when they're not being used.
    • Check that all windows and doors are tightly closed to keep cool air in and hot air out.
    • When possible, cook and use other heat-generating appliances, such as washers, dryers and dishwashers in the early morning or late evening when it usually is cooler.
    • Wash clothes in cold water and line dry.
    • Use dishwashers only when fully loaded. Dishwashers use the same amount of electricity whether they're full or empty. Use the air-dry option if your unit has one.
    • Consider preparing light summer meals that don't require a lot of cooking. If possible, use an outdoor grill or microwave oven for cooking.

    Atlantic City Electric encourages customers to visit www.atlanticcityelectric.com for additional information on saving energy and money in their home or business. The company also offers its customers Budget Billing, a fixed payment plan based on the customer’s 12-month average bill, in which they can enroll either online or by contacting Atlantic City Electric Customer Care at 1-800-642-3780.

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    Atlantic City Electric, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe, reliable and affordable regulated electric delivery services to more than 547,000 customers in southern New Jersey.