Preparing for the Summer Heat

Keeping your home or business cool requires more energy as temperatures rise. But a little preparation can help you stay comfortable and manage your summer energy bills.

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Here are some simple ways to help save money and energy:

  • Turn off lights when you leave the room
  • Close window blinds and curtains to keep the sun from warming your home or office
  • If health permits, set the temperature on your air conditioner a few degrees higher – but be sure to stay comfortable
  • Use window or whole house ventilating fans
  • Unplug electronics when they are not in use
  • Place a dry towel in your clothes dryer with each load of wet laundry to absorb dampness and reduce drying time
  • Barbecue outside instead of heating up your kitchen with the stove or oven

For more ways to save, visit our Save Money and Conserve Energy section. You will find tips to help you save money and energy, as well as information about programs in your area that can help you save even more.

Get Free Energy-Saving Trees

Tree Planting2Pepco and the Arbor Day Foundation are offering free trees to help you conserve energy. Trees are available on a first-come, first-serve basis from March 20 through June 6, while supplies last. Distribution is limited to two, 2-to-4 foot trees per customer. To get your free trees, visit www.arborday.org/Pepco today.

Properly planted trees help reduce energy use through summer shading and by slowing winter winds. As your trees grow, they will have the potential to lower energy bills by 15 to 30 percent.

To help you plant your tree in the right place, the Arbor Day Foundation offers you an online mapping tool that will:

  • Map your house
  • Show you the right trees for your area
  • Locate the best place to plant them
  • Calculate how much you can expect to save

To learn more about this program, please visit www.arborday.org/pepco.

Plug-in to Savings

Plug-In vehicleWe are offering our customers who are residents of Maryland and have a plug-in vehicle capable of 30 miles of electric driving the opportunity to take part in a new program. We are currently accepting applications for our Demand Management Pilot Program for Plug-in Vehicle Charging. You can save money, receive new equipment and help the environment by choosing renewable energy in this program.

Do you already have an installed Level 2 Charging Station? You can select one of the following program options:

  • A whole house time-of-use rate: This plan applies to your entire house, including your vehicle. If you choose to shift your home energy use to off-peak hours (after 8 p.m.), you can achieve extra savings.
  • A plug-in vehicle rate: You will be supplied with a second meter that will apply only to your vehicle. Should you choose to participate in this plan, you may also purchase renewable or “green” energy.

If you don’t have an installed Level 2 Charging Station, we can help.

  • We will provide and install a Smart Level 2 Charging Station to the first 50 qualified customers who sign up for the program. We will also pay 50% of the charging station’s cost.
  • In addition to the charging station, you will receive a second meter and be registered to receive a plug-in vehicle rate (PIV tariff).
  • You will also have the option to purchase renewable or “green” energy to charge your vehicle.

Learn more or apply by visiting our Plug-In Vehicle Charging Pilot page.

We Can Help with Winter Energy Bills

WinterBillsWinter is just around the corner. A drop in temperature typically means you’ll be turning up your heat which can lead to higher energy bills. We understand that higher energy bills can be a major concern. If you have difficulty paying your heating bills this winter, we’re here to help.

The first thing to do is call Customer Care at 202-833-7500 before your bill becomes unmanageable. We can recommend payment arrangements where appropriate and can discuss alternative payment plans such as our Budget Billing program that can help you avoid seasonal cost spikes and keep monthly bills level.

Our Extended Payment Date Plan is for customers whose main source of income is from government programs. Since assistance does not arrive until the first of each month, qualified customers whose bill due date is before the 5th of the month may be granted an extension of their due date.

Under the Deferred Payment Arrangement Plan customers experiencing a temporary financial hardship may be eligible to make installment payments on their current bill and a portion of any unpaid balance.

Felecia Greer
Customer Advocate

Pepco Offers Gift of Energy Program

ImageFor the fifth consecutive holiday season, Pepco customers can purchase a Gift of Energy for that special someone who may need help paying their monthly electric bill.

By giving the Gift of Energy, you are truly giving that special person the gift of warmth. It is the simplest way for people to help a relative, friend, or colleague with their energy bill, and you can make a Gift of Energy purchase through January 15.

Giving a Gift of Energy is no different than making a payment on someone’s account.

The program’s success hinges on making the experience easy, which is why a customer’s name and address – not account number – is all that is needed when purchasing a Gift of Energy for someone.

You can purchase a Gift of Energy for a Pepco customer at one of our Walk-In Service Centers (listed below), or on our website, where a Gift of Energy contact form is available. Once the form is submitted, a customer service representative will contact you and complete the transaction via telephone. In return, you will receive a free holiday greeting card which can be used to notify the customer of your generosity, or you may keep it anonymous.

Happy shopping, and have yourself a safe and joyful holiday season. You can purchase a Pepco Gift of Energy at one of the following locations:

Washington, D.C.
701 Ninth Street, NW
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Forestville, Maryland
8300 Old Marlboro Pike
Monday, Wednesday and Friday only, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

MLK Business Office, Washington DC
2804 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rockville, Maryland
201 W. Gude Drive
Monday, Wednesday and Friday only, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.