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Pepco: New grid will reduce length of outages

The Washington region's largest energy utility company plans to install new devices in area homes that it says would reduce power outages from hours to mere seconds.

Tags: Pepco , smart meters , smart meter , Thomas Graham , Maryland Public Service Commission , utility company , Max Smith , Paul D. Shinkman

Monday - 01/10/2011, 08:25am EST

Thousands demand refund in Fairfax Co. water war

A long-running dispute over water rates for out-of-city customers in the Falls Church water system is growing, and Fairfax County is the latest customer asking for a refund.

Tags: Falls Church Water , City of Falls Church Water , water , water bills , utility company , Tysons Corner , Tyson's Corner , Fairfax County Government Center , Barbara Gordon , Providence Hall Apartments , Idlywood Village West Apartments , Tysons View Apartments , Supreme Court of Virginia

Wednesday - 12/29/2010, 02:49pm EST

Pepco to outline '5-year improvement plan'

The day after the Washington Post's analysis Sunday of Pepco's poor performance rate, the utility company invited news media to its headquarters to hear an explanation.

Tags: Pepco , Washington Post , utility company

Monday - 12/06/2010, 08:34am EST

Fed. program to help families with winter heating bills

High heating bills are around the corner, but a federal program is just in time to help customers who have trouble paying up.

Tags: heating bills , utility company , Dominion Power , Pepco

Wednesday - 11/17/2010, 03:32pm EST

Things that go 'bump' in your house

Kitchen doors and cabinets opening by themselves, appliances unexpectedly turning on and strange bumps in the night. In the wake of Halloween, it's easy to connect strange incidents to the paranormal. But an industry expert says the real scary feature of these fairly common household occurrences is the increased utility bills they can cause.

Tags: Debra Feinstein , daniel diclerico , Consumer Reports , kitchen , Paul D. Shinkman

Monday - 11/01/2010, 01:26pm EDT

A welcome relief to gas bills

Area consumers may get a welcome break in their utility bills this winter, as a warmer winter forecast may yield double digit savings.

Tags: gas , Natural Gas , BGE , Washington Gas , Baltimore Gas and Electric , winter outlook

Thursday - 10/21/2010, 12:03pm EDT

Battle summer utility bills by trading in your old appliances

This hot summer has likely driven up your utility bills, but turning down your air conditioning isn't the only way to fight back against growing bills.

Tags: Energy Star ,

Saturday - 07/24/2010, 01:27pm EDT