Volume 18, Issue 10 | September 27, 2021

Fall Energy Preservation Tips

Good bye summer, hello fall! As we enter the cooler months, energy preservation becomes a must. Below are a few tips you can implement to regulate energy consumption throughout the fall season.

  • Prioritize servicing your furnace or boiler. Doing so now makes sure it runs efficiently as the temperature starts to drop.

  • Get an energy audit to explore opportunities to make your home more energy efficient and comfortable.

  • Keep your fridge and freezers full but not clustered. If your fridge or freezer is empty, fill milk jugs with water to fill up space, and throw out old food if your fridge or freezer is too full.

  • Inspect and clean your fireplace. Make sure your fireplace is safe before using. Close fireplace dampers when not in use, to prevent heat from escaping.

In implementing these tips, you can lower your energy usage during this fall season. To learn more about how you can manage and optimize your energy consumption with WGL Energy visit our website or call 1-833-61-GREEN (1-833-614-7336) to speak with one of our energy experts.

 


Editor's Note

Market Retreats a Bit as Winter Looms

Week in review for September 19 25, 2021

On Thursday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that working gas in storage as of Friday September 17, 2021 was 3,082 BCF. This was an increase of 76 BCF from the previous week, close to market expectations. Inventories are now 589 BCF lower than last year at this time, and 229 BCF below the 5-year average: both of those numbers slightly better than last week but still on an unsettling trajectory heading into the winter.

Despite a jump on Thursday both power and gas were down for the week, with the 12-month NYMEX natural gas strip (Oct 21-Sep 22) off 3.7% and the PJM Western Hub ATC (7X24) 12-month strip down 2.9%. Both strips remain high above recent lows, with gas prices up 68% since March. Further out prices for 2024 and 2025 are more reasonable, and a significant discount versus 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Weather

Washington, D.C. Area Cooling/Heating Degree Days

  

 

*Mar 21

April-21

May-21

June-21

July-21 

Aug-21 

Normal 

546

236

156

351

522

445

 Actual

435

238

119

348

492

492

Departure from Normal 

18%
Warmer

1%
Cooler

24%
Cooler

1%
Cooler

6%
Cooler

11%
Warmer

Cooling degree day (CDD) 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 below 65, there are no cooling degree days that day. If the day’s average temperature is greater than 65 degrees, then subtract 65 from the average temperature to find the number of cooling degree days.

*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.