We’re Ready for Potentially Damaging Storms

MobileBlogWASHINGTON, D.C. (June 21, 2016) – We are monitoring the approach of a cold front, which is expected to move through the region early this afternoon and into the evening, sparking severe thunderstorms that are capable of producing 60 mph wind gusts, hailstones, lightning strikes and a small chance for an isolated tornado.

These storms could damage the electric system and cause power outages. In response, we have scheduled additional field and call center personnel to be ready for the restoration of service.

We have about 150 internal linemen, 250 contractors and 180 tree-trimming personnel assigned to the system. Should we need assistance, we could potentially draw upon resources from our family of companies including those from Baltimore Gas & Electric, PECO in Philadelphia and ComEd in Chicago.

Customers are asked to please report any outages and to stay away from any downed wires. To report outages and/or downed wires, please call 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662), follow the prompts, and please ask for a call back to confirm that power has been restored. Outages also may be reported through pepco.com or through our mobile app.

Managing Your Air Conditioning Costs This Summer

Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the beginning of summer, and most customers will rely on air conditioning to keep their homes cool. However, central air conditioning uses a lot of energy – up to 30 percent of your monthly bill during the warm summer months. With that in mind, I would like to share some tips to help you save energy and remain comfortable in your home as the temperature rises. 

  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees, a reasonably comfortable and energy-efficient indoor temperature. When turning your air conditioner on, don’t set the thermostat to a colder setting than normal – it will not cool any faster, but it will use more energy and cool to a lower temperature than you need.
  • Make sure to clean your air conditioning filter regularly. A dirty filter can reduce the unit’s efficiency and cause it to work harder.
  • Close window shades, blinds, or drapes to block sunlight during the hottest part of the day. You can also check to make sure that windows and doors are tightly closed to keep hot air from getting in.
  • Use fans to keep air circulating in your home. Move lamps, TVs, and other heat-producing items away from the air conditioner’s thermostat. Heat from these appliances can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary. Turn these appliances off when they are not being used.
  • 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.

We also offer customers in Maryland mail-in rebates for qualifying ENERGY STAR certified room air conditioners and other appliances. You can find more ways to save energy and money this summer, and all year round, by visiting our website.

William R. Ellis
Manager, Demand Side Management

Safety Tips to Avoid Outdoor Electrical Hazards

Electricity powers our lives, but sometimes we forget about the potential danger of outdoor electrical hazards. In honor of Electrical Safety Month, I would like to share some tips to help you avoid power lines and stay safe outdoors.

  • Whether flying a kite, cleaning out the gutters or trimming trees, please remember to look up and watch out for overhead power lines.
  • Carry long or tall items such as ladders or scaffolding parallel to the ground. Before you raise them into the air, make sure they are clear of all power lines.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 10 feet when working below or adjacent to power lines.
  • Never touch a power line with any part of your body or any object.

Please remember to contact Pepco immediately at 1-877-PEPCO-62 if you see a downed wire. You can learn more about electrical safety in your home by visiting http://www.pepco.com/home/education/safety/indoor/.

Mike Nappi
Supervisor, Safety Services

Join Pepco to Celebrate Earth Day!

This Sunday marks the 42nd annual Earth Day. Pepco’s “Green Team” will be supporting and participating in the Anacostia River Clean-up, and we hope you join us!

The Anacostia River Clean-up and Celebration will be hosted by the Anacostia Watershed Society on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at RFK Stadium Lot #6 (adjacent to the Kingman Island site). The Clean-up will run from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., and participants are invited to attend a picnic celebration from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. For more information, please visit the event website.

At Pepco, we take our commitment to the environment seriously. Our business is to deliver safe, reliable and affordable electricity to our customers, and we work hard to protect the environment. Pepco supports efforts that help our customers save energy, including investments in smart grid technology and energy-efficiency programs designed to support EmPOWER Maryland – Governor O’Malley’s plan to reduce energy consumption by 15 percent in the state by 2015.
In addition, Pepco is committed to performing tree trimming operations – a key component of our ongoing reliability improvement efforts – in an environmentally responsible manner. Pepco is recognized annually by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Lines USA utility, and we are the only U.S. utility to be recognized by the National Wildlife Habitat Foundation for excellence in habitat management.

To learn more about Pepco’s commitment to the environment, visit http://www.pepco.com/energy/environment/. To learn more about how you can reduce your environmental impact by saving energy, visit http://www.pepco.com/energy/conservation/tips/.

Wes McNealy
Director, Environmental Services

Tom Graham Races To Raise Over $100K For The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Decision

For the last 10 weeks I have been involved in an incredible campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to raise funds and awareness around blood cancers that impact nearly 1,000,000 Americans.  Admittedly, I was not comfortable with a campaign entitled Man & Woman of the Year because I wanted the focus to be away from me and more on the cause.  As I thought more about Pepco’s commitment to hundreds of organizations in the region such as the United Way, American Heart Association, March for Babies, Greater Washington Urban League, United Communities Against Poverty and Interfaith Works, partnering with LLS was consistent with the values of our company.  So the goal was $100,000 and now let’s see how we are going to get there.

The Connection

Until week seven, I really did not have a direct connection to LLS.  Five close friends of mine were diagnosed with cancer over the last 18 months but none were blood cancers.  When week seven arrived, everything changed for me.  I met “Amazing Amanda” at a graduation ceremony for Mentors Inc.  During a causal conversation I learned she had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease. At 26 years old, with her 9 year old son that cannot live with her at the moment, I was deeply touched and inspired by her strength and positive outlook.

 

The Support

With three days to go, over 100 businesses, professional organizations and individuals have contributed to my campaign.  Many thanks to Pepco and my co-workers that I am honored to work with every day for their support.  As well, sincere thanks to Board members on the numerous organizations Pepco supports that includes the DC Chamber, Md Chamber, Mentors Inc, American Association of Blacks in Energy, Leadership Prince George’s, Greater Prince George’s County Roundtable and Strathmore Foundation just to name a few examples of the diverse support I received.  The business community played their part as well with Pepco, EES, Asplundh Tree Service, Manekin Construction, Grant Capital Management, NAI Michael Companies, Reed Smith, SA)-Techinc, Dynamic Concepts, SMECO, Doctor’s Hospital, GS Proctor & Associates, Prince George’s Suite and Old Line Bank showing how businesses are willing to step-in and support the community.  Finally, my family and friends have supported this effort every step of the way.

 

The Inspiration

As the finals days approach, e-mail, phone calls, unique auction items and raffles represent our final effort to reach and exceed $100,000!  Every day this week, I have received a note from a friend, co-worker or someone I don’t know thanking me and Pepco for being involved in the Man & Woman of the Year campaign.  They had all lost a loved one to a blood cancer. This week was especially inspirational for me when I learned one of my closet friends lost his father last week to leukemia.  So for my five friends, Carl and Amazing Amanda, I have dedicated this campaign to you. J

To support my campaign and LLS, go to:

http://nca.mwoy.llsevent.org/thomasgraham

Remember the deadline for contributions is 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 11.

Thank you,

Thomas Graham
President, Pepco Region

Pepco “Green Team” Gets Dirty, Cleaning Up The Anacostia River!

Last Saturday, April 9, Pepco’s “Green Team,” led by Pepco Holdings, Inc. CEO Joe Rigby, did their part to help clean up the Anacostia River.  More than 60 Pepco volunteers, including field personnel, executives, supporting employees, and their families demonstrated the company’s commitment to the community and environment in this annual initiative.

Joined by over 100 other volunteers, Pepco representatives operated along the shoreline (on foot and in hip waders) and in the river (in canoes and kayaks) to retrieve a variety of litter.  That litter was then sorted by type; garbage and recyclables.

By the end of the day, volunteers filled two industrial size, 40 yard containers with trash and recyclable materials.  That’s a lot of garbage!  The top three oddest types were…

  1. Tiles
  2.  Gloves
  3. Athletic Balls (baseballs, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls)

Check out pictures from the Clean up in our Facebook gallery.

‘Til the next post,

Andre