Through energy efficiency, schools can cut costs while improving students’ learning experience. The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program can help enhance the classroom environment by improving lighting effectiveness, indoor air quality and thermal comfort, on top of saving money and energy.
ComEd offers a variety of incentives and services to help schools save money and energy, including
free facility assessments,
instant discounts on lighting,
efficient cafeteria equipment, and much more.
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration
ComEd offers FREE facility assessments to help schools identify energy-saving opportunities, from lighting and occupancy sensors to HVAC systems and motors. An energy engineer will visit your school to develop a report detailing recommended energy efficiency projects.
Each facility assessment recommendation includes estimated cost, incentives and projected simple payback. Smaller schools—those with under 100 kW peak demand—are eligible for enhanced incentives through the the ComEd small facilities offering.
Newer LED lamps use about 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer on average than incandescent bulbs. Schools are eligible for instant discounts on commercial-grade lighting and exit sign products—save at the time of purchase, with no paperwork!
Heating, ventilation and cooling account for about 30 percent of a typical school’s energy use. Simple enhancements to your HVAC systems can improve student comfort and reduce energy costs.
ComEd offers incentives and technical assistance to tune-up or replace your inefficient HVAC units, delivering more efficient temperature control while using less energy. Each HVAC tune-up includes a thorough inspection and adjustment of the unit’s thermostat, economizer, refrigerant charge, coils and belts for optimal performance. Incentives are also available for HVAC system component upgrades like water and air-cooled chillers, variable speed drives, energy management systems, demand-controlled ventilation and air-side economizers.
By installing energy-efficient cooling equipment, relocating your servers or upgrading system software, you can realize significant annual energy savings. ComEd can help your school identify and implement
energy-efficient solutions for your computers and tech hardware.
ComEd energy experts will review your school's IT setup and recommend energy-efficient solutions and incentives, including equipment upgrades, temperature control systems and opportunities for
colocation. Data center energy efficiency projects can be completed in as little as two weeks, often with no operational disruption.
Reduce the energy your cafeterias consume by upgrading to energy-efficient cooking and refrigeration equipment. ComEd offers incentives on ENERGY STAR® certified freezers and ice machines, which use less energy via advanced evaporators, condenser fan motors, anti-sweat heaters, vending machine controls and high-efficiency compressors.
ComEd can also help make your existing cafeteria equipment more efficient. Improvements to evaporator fan motors lower energy use by about a third while improving cooler performance. Evaporator fan controls reduce fan speed when full airflow isn’t needed. And demand control ventilation systems reduce exhaust usage when cooking slows.
Over time, school buildings become less energy efficient—equipment ages, settings and equipment schedules are changed, routine maintenance gets skipped, etc. Through the building optimization process known as retro-commissioning, or RCx, ComEd energy experts provide technical assistance to help you identify no- and low-cost operational improvements for your school’s existing systems and equipment.
A fully-funded building optimization study will provide a list of energy-saving recommendations. You can implement the suggested improvements that make sense for your school. RCx participants have saved an average of 5 percent annually on their electric bills, with an average simple payback of 1.5 years!
Reduce capital improvement costs while ensuring your school buildings are sustainable over the long run. ComEd offers expert technical assistance and energy modeling, in addition to financial incentives and ongoing energy savings, to help new construction projects exceed Illinois Energy Conservation Code requirements.
New developments and major renovations of at least 5,000 square feet are eligible. Be sure to involve the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program team as soon as possible—the earlier we are engaged in the design process, the higher the incentive values and the greater the long-term savings!
Call 1-855-433-2700 or fill out the Online Form to request a Facility Assessment. A ComEd energy engineer will assess your facility and equipment for potential electrical savings during a two-hour site walkthrough.
Within a month, you will receive a high-level summary recommending energy-saving changes and upgrades that can improve the energy efficiency of your business.
After you have decided which energy-saving improvements you want to make, consult the ComEd Energy Efficiency Service Provider
Directory to find a contractor who can provide the products and services you need and help you apply for ComEd Energy Efficiency Program incentives, or you can purchase materials and use your own staff to install.
1-855-433-2700 during normal business hours to speak with a ComEd Energy Efficiency Program representative or send an email to:
PublicSectorEE@ComEd.com or BusinessEE@ComEd.com.
Funds are limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Effective January 1, 2018, the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program is responsible for verifying that an Energy Efficiency Service Provider or installing contractor is certified by the ICC for the installation of applicable measures prior to any incentive or rebate payout.
Beginning June 1, 2019, ComEd will be responsible for verifying that certified Energy Efficiency Service Providers or installing contractors are recertified with the ICC. Payment will be withheld if the installing contractor is not re-certified by June 1st each year. This does not apply to customers who choose to self-install the applicable measure(s). For more information concerning the ICC certification and re-certification requirements, instructions and rules can be found at: ICC EE Installer Certification.
The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program is funded in compliance with state law.
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