For Immediate Release
ComEd Media Relations
Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church to save more than 120,000 kWh annually from volunteer efforts
CHICAGO (April 22, 2017) — In celebration of Earth Day and during National Volunteer Week, a team of ComEd volunteers came together to install a variety of energy efficiency measures at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church on Chicago's South Side that will help them save about 122,447 kWh per year - enough to power 14 homes for one year.
A team of more than 30 volunteers from ComEd installed simple and cost-effective energy efficiency upgrades including weather stripping, LED lights, faucet aerators, piping insulation, smart power strips and thermostats. Volunteers also helped the church with their food and clothes distribution, which provides supplies to individuals in need. Joining ComEd volunteers were two companies from the ComEd Small Business Trade Ally Program, Project Green Environmental Solutions of Forest Park, who donated labor and materials for some of the energy efficiency lighting improvements and Armor Mechanical, who donated labor for the installation of the five smart thermostats.
Community members who attended the event were also able to visit with ComEd representatives to learn more about energy efficiency programs and sign up for free home energy assessments, which provide home owners with a personalized report identifying additional ways to save energy at home. Representatives from CEDA, who help administer ComEd's CARE Programs, were also on hand to help eligible individuals apply for assistance programs that support families, veterans, senior citizens and people who may have experienced a job loss, illness or disability and need help with paying their electric bills. The program also offers assistance to non-profit organizations that are experiencing a hardship. Under the Smart Grid law, enacted in 2011, ComEd committed $50 million for five years to help eligible customers with their utility bills. With the recent passing of the Future Energy Jobs Act, ComEd programs like CARE will be extended to 2021 providing $10 million per year in assistance.
"ComEd has a strong tradition of engagement in the neighborhoods we serve as not just an energy company, but a community partner that cares," said Melissa Washington, vice president of ComEd External Affairs & Large Customer Solution. "With the savings Fellowship will have from the energy efficiency upgrades installed by our volunteers, the church will be able to continue their mission to provide the community with the resources necessary to make a lasting impact. ComEd is proud to be a partner to the church and surrounding community it serves."
Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church was founded in 1950 and prides itself on making an impact in its communities. "The energy efficiency improvements ComEd volunteers are making at the church will help Fellowship save money on our energy bills so we can be even more impactful in the communities we serve," said Charles Jenkins, senior pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. "Many people in our local neighborhoods are lacking resources and with these savings, we'll be able to reach more people who can continue to pay it forward. We appreciate ComEd's commitment to powering this church and this community."
In 2016, ComEd customers saved more than $137 million through ComEd Energy Efficiency Program initiatives. Since the program's inception in 2001, customers have saved more than $2.4 billion in energy costs and 21.5 million megawatt hours of energy – enough to power more than 2.3 million homes for a year.
ComEd has been recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for its energy efficiency programs for eight straight years and was recently named ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence. In 2016, ComEd employees volunteered more than 22,000 hours to programs, initiatives and local nonprofit organizations.
For more information on the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program, visit ComEd.com/HomeSavings for residential customers and ComEd.com/BizSavings for business customers. For information on ComEd's Care Programs, visit ComEd.com/CARE.
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