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Jul. 15, 2020

Baltimore Gas Electric Bill Payment: Everything You Need to Know

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company is an energy utility provider that serves over 1.25 million residential and general customers. Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, the company is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation and provides electricity and natural gas to several MD regions, including Baltimore City and the Central Maryland service areas. This article explains how the BGE bill payment system works, as well as how to set up and manage your BGE utility account.

General Payment Information for BGE Users

The current Price to Compare (default supply price) for the Baltimore Gas & Electric utilities is currently $0.680 per kWh for electricity supply and $0.320 per therm for natural gas. In case you choose one of the competitive energy companies in the area, you may receive better offers, competitive pricing, high safety standards, and reliable delivery. However, there is no guarantee that you will save money on the total energy costs for the utility, or experience an overall bill decrease.

How to Pay Your Bill

There are four ways you can pay your BGE power bill.

  • Online: You can make online payments through a credit card/checking account via a BGE online account. If you have opted into AutoPay, the payment will be automatically deducted from your bank account. You can also pay online as a guest profile.

  • Pay by Phone: You can call Baltimore Gas and Electric at 833-209-5245 to make payments directly through your bank account, or with a credit/debit card.

  • In-Person: You can pay in-person at authorized bill payment locations or service centers.

  • Mail: You can mail your payment via money order or check (payable to BGE). 

For more information on each payment method, click here.

Residential and commercial customers in Pennsylvania can purchase a deregulated electricity and natural gas plan from one of the several energy companies in that region. Their selected suppliers will then work with BGE to maintain energy efficiency and prevent interruptions in energy service delivery.

Does the BGE Have Payment Plan Options?

BGE offers several ways to pay your electricity bills. These include debit card payments, credit card payments, bank drafts, in-person payments, payments via mail, and phone payments.

Additionally, they provide two different payment options for each customer to choose from:

  • Budget Billing – You can extend your bill due dates up to a period based on your financial capacity and payment history.

  • Payment Assistance – You can choose from several assistance programs to help pay your bills. These include the Customer Assistance and Referral Evaluation Program (CARES), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and the Maryland Energy Assistance Program.

Furthermore, BGE offers several financial assistance options to customers undergoing financial hardship. The Dollar Donation Fund lets existing customers donate to financially assist a low-income household that's unable to make payments on their energy bills.  

How to Lower Your BGE Bill

Deregulated energy plans allow customers to choose from several rates from multiple competitive energy distributors and suppliers. Check the ‘Price to Compare’ — the default rate offered by BGE — and compare it with licensed electricity supplier prices. 

Arbor’s free TrueRate Protection is the best way to ensure that you always pay the lowest rate against your current ‘Price to Compare.’ 

For example, BGE's current electricity Price to Compare is 6.80 cents per kilowatt-hour. Arbor scans the electricity utility markets for the best rates, and will generally find lower rates than your current supplier’s price. 

When your term is expiring, Arbor finds the best rate and switches you again. You always pay the best rate and never have to worry about overpaying for electricity ever again.

You can use the free savings calculator to find out how much you could save in each case. Electricity payments can be complicated, that's why a lot of people trust Arbor to manage their electricity service, so they end up saving on their energy bills.

BGE Account Setup

To set up your online account, you need to register online on the BGE Energy Company website. 

Follow these steps to set up your account:

  1. Open the link in a safe browser and click on the 'Residential and Business' user registration option.

  2. Enter your current BGE Energy account number, which is found on the top-right of the bill.

  3. Along with the account number, enter one of the following: last 4 digits of your Social Security number, BGE pin, or business ID.

  4. Enter your preferred login information, and accept the legal disclaimer.

  5. Verify the information and submit it.

After your account has been set up, you can choose to sign up for the paperless eBill and maintain your account through the convenient BGE mobile app. 

BGE Login Account 

Once your BGE account is up and running, you can log in here

In case you’re moving to a new residence, you can apply to move your service to the new address. To do that, simply apply to move the energy supply service to a new address on the BGE website, or by calling 1-800-220-7326.

To start, stop and/or transfer your service to a new address, click here

What to Do if There’s a Power Outage

In case you experience a power outage or see a downed line, vacate the area immediately and call 1-877-778-2222. If you smell gas or see a damaged gas line, call 1-877-778-7798.

You can also contact emergency services if you have medical concerns pertaining to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic or special home safety needs regarding an outage. 

BGE Customer Service

BGE Energy has several customer service options. 

  • Use the Contact Us page to make general inquiries via an online form. 

  • Call the dedicated emergency contact number (1-800-685-0123)for rapid emergency response.

The dedicated emergency hotline is the best way to alert the supplier in case you experience a power outage or see damaged electric/gas lines.

BGE Phone Number and Contact Info

Here is some general contact information:

  1. BGE Energy Company – 1-800-685-0123.

  2. Mailing Address – For bill payments: P.O. Box 13070 Philadelphia, PA 19101-3070. For general inquiries: P.O. Box 1475 Baltimore, MD 21203.

To avoid any confusion, use your registered number when dialing any of the numbers above.

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