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Baltimore County Courthouse Evacuated Thursday Morning Due to Gas Leak

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Courtesy of Baltimore County Fire Dept.
Courtesy of Baltimore County Fire Dept.

A mistake made by some utility workers this morning in Towson led authorities to evacuate the Baltimore County Circuit Courthouse.

Good News: Hurricane Matthew is Shifting Away from Maryland

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Courtesy NHC/NOAA
Courtesy NHC/NOAA

Anyone who’s been in Charm City through heavy storms knows the city’s waterways have a propensity to flood. With that in mind, many are warily eyeing Hurricane Matthew’s path this week as the storm makes its way up the East Coast.

Gas Explosion in Columbia Destroys 6 Homes

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Photo via @ABC7News
Photo via @ABC7News

A fiery explosion rocked Howard County last night, destroying at least six homes.

Wind Power Costs the Same as BGE’s Coal

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You can switch to 100% wind energy and cut your carbon footprint by 25% without paying more than you do today.
Switch your home to 100% wind energy and cut your carbon footprint by 25% without paying more than you do today.

If you pay a BGE bill, we have some good “green” news for you. You have the option to choose a clean electricity supplier for your home. This low-hanging-fruit change means the money you spend on electricity each month goes to wind farms, rather than to coal-fired plants. The best part is that it’s priced the same as BGE. On average, choosing wind for your home cuts your carbon footprint by 25 percent – that’s 15 times more meaningful than switching one lightbulb to a CFL. Here’s how:

BGE, Monarch Academy, The Children’s Guild and KaBOOM! Team Up to Build a Playground in a Day at Monarch Academy in Baltimore City

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Designed by the children from the community, the playground will provide a safe place for thousands of children to play in Baltimore City

Baltimore City children have a new, safe playground to play on, thanks to an impressive, one-day playground build at the Monarch Academy. More than 200 volunteers from Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), Monarch Academy, The Children’s Guild, KaBOOM! and the local community came together today to build a playground in one day – from the ground up. The second playground build with BGE and KaBOOM!, this play area was designed by children in the community and brought to life by local volunteers.

Save Money on Summer AC, Baltimore

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image courtesy of allproudamericans.com
image courtesy of allproudamericans.com

The other day I received my BGE Connections e-newsletter and readied my index finger to delete it, but then my eyes fell on a quick list of energy-saving (and money-saving) tips for summer cooling, so I saved the information for a sec. As straightforward as they sound, I think the bullet points are worth reminding ourselves as we ready our index fingers to push AC units “on” and slide central air dials ever downward in coming weeks. Take a quick, cool refresher course in summer power efficiency! (After the jump, three more smart suggestions!)

  • Close blinds during the day to keep the sun from heating up your home.
  • Schedule a cooling system tune up to keep your central air conditioner running efficiently.
  • Adjust your thermostat up to 78°F. Every degree makes a difference in your cooling costs.

A Little Explosion to Start Your Day

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“Hey Baltimore, WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT??!!!,” one of my Facebook friends wrote yesterday morning. Other folks quickly chimed in about the huge boom and subsequent heavy rumbling that shook the Woodberry/Druid Hill/Hampden region; guesses included a meth lab explosion, a truck that had flipped over and was being dragged down a hill,  or”something huge falling off a cliff.” But rest easy, Baltimore — that explosion was on purpose.

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