Volume 15, Issue 90 | December 10, 2018

Get Your Home Ready for Winter

Tips to stay warm and comfortable in cold weather

 

At WGL Energy Services (WGL Energy), energy efficiency and safety are two of our priorities. As the weather temperatures drop, homeowners can perform simple tasks around the house to stay safe and comfortable, while continuing to manage energy costs.

One of the easiest ways to prevent energy waste is to ensure your furnace is clean and its air filters are changed on a regular basis. This will help to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system and increase the lifespan of your furnace. Generally, we recommend checking and replacing your filter monthly. 

If you live in an area where there’s potential for winter storms, check your emergency supplies in case of a power outage. Think of anything you might need such as bottled water, shelf-stable foods, flashlights, batteries and portable smartphone chargers. 

Keep your paths clear of snow and debris with regular shoveling or snow blowing. When needed, sprinkle salt or sand to provide traction. This will help prevent slips and falls on your driveways and walkways. If you plan to be away for a long period, ask a neighbor or hire a service to clear the snow and ice so your paths are safe upon your return. 

Lastly, seal any cracks and holes around windows and doors with caulk, weather stripping or door sweeps. A few preventative measures to reduce drafts can help save money on your heating bills.

For more tips on preparing your home for the winter, visit our website.


Editor's Note

Winter Chill

Week in review for December 2, 2018 December 8, 2018

 

On Friday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that working gas in storage as of Friday, November 30, 2018 was 2,991 BCF. This is a decrease of 63 BCF from the previous week. Inventories are currently 704 BCF lower than last year during this same period and 725 BCF below the 5-year average of 3,716 BCF. This deficit could become very bullish for prices if production can’t keep up with load demands as we move deeper into the winter months.

Following the weekend winter storm that blanketed parts of southwest Virginia and western North Carolina, a high pressure system takes over and leaves our area with plenty of sun and chill through midweek. A warmer than normal pattern will begin to develop across the PJM region in the latter part of this week, and it’s expected to remain in place throughout the 14-day forecast. Time will tell if this moderation in temperature can overcome the winter 2019 volatility we've seen enough to usher in lower prices.

Both power and gas have moved higher this week. The PJM Western Hub 12-month curve gained 1.5% and the NYMEX natural gas 12-month curve increased 1.6%.      

 

This past week's market information is provided as a courtesy to our customers and is not indicative of, nor should be relied upon, as representative of future transactions.


Weather

Local Heating Degree Days*

 


Washington, D.C. Area Heating Degrees Days* 

 

Oct - 18

Nov - 18

Dec - 18

Jan- 18

Feb - 18

 Mar - 19

 Actual

195.5 

555.5 

 

 

 Normal

196

465 

 

 

 Departure from Normal

 0%

19% 

         

 

 Neutral

 Colder

 

 

*Heating degree day (HDD) data is for the Washington, D.C. area and is calculated by comparing the day’s average temperature to a 65 degree baseline. If the day’s average temperature is above 65, there are no heating degree days that day. If the day’s average temperature is less than 65 degrees, then subtract that average temperature from 65 to find the number of heating degree days.