Volume 16, Issue 4 | January 28, 2019

Events

WGL Energy Supports WAFF to Help Those Without Heat Stay Warm

WAFF Ice House simulates harsh conditions facing some in area

 

WGL Energy Services (WGL Energy) was among 53 companies and individuals who helped raise $125,000 to support the 2019 WAFF Ice House, which was on display January 18-19, 2019 at The Wharf on District Pier at D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront.

This year’s Washington Area Fuel Fund (WAFF) Ice House was a 10-foot by 20-foot structure made from 98 ice blocks designed and built by Ice Lab. By simulating the harsh environment of a home without heat, its purpose was to raise awareness and connect visitors to WAFF’s mission of providing financial aid to low-to-moderate income families in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia who have difficulty paying their energy bills and who are faced with the challenges of living without heat.

 


 

With colder-than-usual winters in the Washington, D.C. area in recent years, the importance of assisting area residents who cannot afford home heating has intensified. Fewer than two in 10 people eligible for federal energy assistance receive it, due to insufficient funds for meeting the growing demand. In addition, families living in poverty spend more than 30 percent of their income on energy bills.

WAFF bridges this gap by making emergency funds available to those in need, helping to pay their home heating bills. Since its inception in 1983, WAFF has disbursed more than $27 million in energy assistance, serving more than 294,000 people. In 2018 alone, more than $1.4 million was disbursed to more than 8,000 people.

WAFF is an initiative led by Washington Gas and the Salvation Army. Other program supporters include NBC4, WTOP, Monumental Sports and Entertainment, TransCanada, The American Gas Association, The District Wharf Community Association, Pepco, Edison Electric Institute and more.

To learn more about WAFF or to donate, visit WAFFHelp.org.

 


Editor's Note

Changing Forecasts, Variable Prices

Weekly review for January 20 26, 2019

 

On Thursday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that working gas in storage as of Friday, January 18, 2019, was 2,370 BCF. This is a decrease of 163 BCF from the previous week and was higher than the median withdrawal expectation.

Overall, forward markets declined this week as the PJM West Hub 12 Month curve decreased 3.2% and the NYMEX natural gas 12-month curve decreased 0.7%. However, the markets, especially near-term months, were very volatile this week. A significant decrease in prices early in the week was followed by a substantial increase later in the week as it appears that a piece of the polar vortex will be making its way into the lower 48 in the next 7 days. Forecasts also indicate a more sustained cold period as we close out January and head into February. As we move through the heart of the winter, near term prices will continue to be driven by short-term forecasts

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.


Health and Sustainability

Boost Your Energy

Learn how you can avoid injury while working out

 
It's that time again -- a new year and the proclamation of a new personal goal, a New Year’s Resolution. Inc magazine recently cited a survey of 2,000 people on their “10 Top New Year's Resolutions for Success and Happiness in 2019.” Exercising more came in at the number two position and with good reason.

Exercise has numerous benefits, such as combating diseases like diabetes, heart disease and controlling weight. But did you know that exercise can also boost your energy? That’s right. Since exercise strengthens your muscles and improves your cardiovascular system, you will have more endurance and energy to complete your daily tasks.

To help you exercise safely, we would like to offer ten tips that can help you avoid injury while working out.

  1. Before beginning any strenuous exercise program, please speak with your doctor. This is especially important if you have been inactive for a while or have a history of health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease or asthma, to name a few.
  1. Warm up properly for five to ten minutes. A brisk treadmill walk, jumping rope, arm swings, shoulder rotations, and jumping jacks get your raise heart rate. Please note that contrary to popular belief, static stretching should be saved until after the body is warm, as cold muscles have less elasticity.
  1. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. If you are doing a particularly hard workout or running for long distances, use drinks that replace fluids and essential electrolytes, like a sports drink.
  1. Unless you have recently been exercising frequently and vigorously, start your workout slowly and gradually build up activity to your idea level.
  1. When strength training, remember to use good form. Start off with no weights or light weights in order to learn the movement correctly. Trying to lift heavy with improper form is asking for injury. Also, ask for help ego and be sure to use a spotter when lifting heavy free weights.
  1. Working out too frequently and too vigorously can lead to overuse injuries such as swollen tendons and ligaments, or stiff joints and muscles. Use a mixture of different exercises and get sufficient rest to avoid this possibility.
  1. Pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you are feeling sick, extremely fatigued, or faint, or experiencing persistent soreness and pain in your joints after you exercise, then delay your workout
  1. If you halt your exercise program for a long period, be sure to start off at a lower intensity level once you resume exercising. For example, if running, decrease your speed or distance; if strength training, lift lighter weights or do fewer reps and sets.
  1. Wear clothes and shoes that are designed for the type of workout that you are doing. If running, wear running shoes, which tend to be lighter and contains extra cushioning. For strength, agility or aerobic training, a good training shoe would work well.
  1. Cool down properly. Some people forget to do this process, but the cooldown is important to help your body recover and return to its pre-exercise level. The cooldown consists of five to ten minutes of very easy exercise like walking on the treadmill, five to ten minutes of static stretching or refueling with water and a sports drink.
We hope that you find these safety tips helpful. Now let’s go boost your energy!


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 

 671.5

 

 Normal

196

465 

 758

 

 Departure from Normal

 0%

19% 

         -11%

 

 Neutral

 Colder

Warmer 

 

*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.

 

 


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