For Immediate Release
ComEd Media Relations
ComEd's energy-efficient programs have already saved customers $2 billion in energy costs
CHICAGO (October 18, 2016) – As temperatures begin to fall this season and Illinois residents start to utilize more energy to heat and light their homes, ComEd is encouraging its customers to take advantage of its industry-leading energy efficiency programs to save energy and money.
October is National Energy Efficiency Month, which serves as a reminder to customers to look for ways to save energy and ComEd has the solution. ComEd's Energy Efficiency Program is one of the largest programs in the nation offering its customers a variety of options that can help them cut back on their energy usage while saving money and being environmentally responsible.
Since the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program was launched in 2008, customers have saved more than $2 billion on their electric bills, the equivalent of removing 2.5 million cars from the road, planting over 9.8 million acres of trees and powering 2 million homes for a year.
"The energy efficiency program provides our customers with more than 40 different offerings to help them control and manage their electricity usage, and it has definitely paid off for those who are taking advantage," said Val Jensen, senior vice president of ComEd customer operations. "Participation in the program has allowed ComEd customers to install more than 90 million energy efficient lightbulbs in their homes and businesses, capitalize on more than 260,000 free home assessments and recycle over 300,000 refrigerators and freezers for a refund. These initiatives are working for our customers and we hope to gain even greater participation in the future."
ComEd Energy Efficiency offerings include:
• Home Energy Assessments – Customers not sure where to start when looking for energy savings can schedule a FREE energy assessment of their home or apartment. During the assessment, homeowners will receive free installation of energy-saving products, including select ENERGY STAR® certified CFLs and LEDs, programmable thermostats, showerheads, and more as well as personalized savings recommendations. Smart thermostats and select ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs are also available for homeowners to purchase at a discount and include FREE installation.
• Recycling – Customers can retire their old fridge or freezer by scheduling a free pickup from ComEd. Old refrigerators and freezers can cost up to $150 a year in electricity. ComEd will pick up the customer's old, working fridge or freezer for FREE, recycle it in an environmentally responsible way, and send the customer $50.
• Rebates – ComEd offers rebates of up to $100 on qualifying smart thermostats. This rebate can cut the cost of the devices nearly in half, making the convenience and increased control of energy use more affordable. ComEd also offers a variety of rebates on select ENERGY STAR® certified appliances, including refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, electric clothes dryers and more.
• Discounts – Customers can take advantage of instant in-store discounts on select ENERGY STAR® certified CFLs and LEDs at over 1,100 local retailers. Simply look for the "Lower Price" sticker to save. CFLs and LEDs use about 75 percent less energy and last longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs.
For more information on the ComEd Smart Ideas Energy Efficiency Program, visit ComEd.com/HomeSavings for residential customers and ComEd.com/BizSavings for business customers.
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