ComEd Encourages Customers To “Turn Off the Lights” During Earth Hour March 19

Be Green, Save Green – ComEd Recommends More Way Customers Can Save
Energy Year-Round

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In celebration of Earth Hour, ComEd is reminding its customers to power
down for an hour, Saturday, March 19 from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.,
and join millions across the world in this global effort. Earth Hour is
the world’s largest annual voluntary environmental action event to raise
awareness about climate change. ComEd will join the Earth Hour the
movement by turning off nonessential lights at its office facilities
across northern Illinois.

“Every year we look forward to participating in Earth Hour; it’s another
chance to remind our customers about other ways they can have a positive
impact on their energy use,” said Val Jensen, Senior Vice President,
ComEd Customer Operations. “From smart grid investments that are helping
to improve power reliability and providing more options to our customers
to manage their electric usage, to an industry-leading energy efficiency
program offering a variety of programs and tools to help our customers
save energy and costs. ComEd is focused on helping to ensure a clean,
green energy future for our customers.”

Here are more ways ComEd Customers can save energy and money:

1. Take Advantage of Smart Meter-Enabled Programs

  • Enroll in ComEd’s Peak Time Savings program, which allows customers
    with smart meters to save money by voluntarily reducing their
    electricity use during Peak Time Savings Hours. More than 110,000
    customers have already signed up to earn a $1 credit on their electric
    bill for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity reduced during
    designated Peak Time Savings Hours. Sign up for the program by enrolling
    for the summer of 2016.

2. Get the Energy Efficiency Rebates

  • Take advantage of ComEd’s $100 rebate for customers who purchase an
    ecobee3 or Nest Learning Smart Thermostat. Combined with the $20
    rebate offered by local gas utilities Nicor Gas and People’s Gas, the
    total rebate is $120, essentially cutting the cost of the devices in
    half, making the convenience and increased control of energy use more
  • Replace old appliances with more energy efficiency ones and get
    between $25 – $500 in rebates to help you pay for your new appliance.
    When shopping for appliances such as refrigerators, look for the
    ENERGY STAR® label, and purchase the most affordable energy efficient

3. Save with Discounts

  • ComEd’s Energy Efficiency Program, Smart Ideas® is
    providing instant in-store discounts on select ENERGY STAR® certified
    CFLs, LEDs and trim kits. Look for the ComEd “Lower Price” sticker to
    save on a variety of energy-efficient lighting products at participating
    retail stores
    . No coupon is required – prices shown reflect the
    instant discount.

4. Schedule a ComEd Home Energy Assessment

  • ComEd will send an energy advisor to your home, provide a personalized
    energy assessment and offer energy-efficient upgrades.

5. Follow no cost/low cost energy-savings tips

  • Inspect the caulking and weather-stripping around all windows, doors
    and openings, replacing as necessary. Also, check your ductwork for
    leakage to minimize energy lost. Sealing and insulating ducts can
    improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much
    as 20 percent.
  • Check the HVAC filter every month. If the filter looks dirty after a
    month, change it. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the
    system work harder thus wasting energy.
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room and close blinds/shades in the
    summer to keep your home or business cool and leave them open in the
    winter to use the sun for a warm up.

And before customers turn their lights back on, it’s a great time to
change out old energy-wasting incandescent light bulbs with new CFLs
(compact fluorescent lamp) or LEDs (light emitting diode), which
typically use about 75 percent less energy. CFLs also last about 10
times longer, while LEDs last about 25 times longer.

For more information on ComEd’s Smart Ideas Energy Efficiency Program,
including tips, tools, and rebates that help customers save money and
energy, visit

ComEd’s sister utilities, BGE in Baltimore and PECO in Philadelphia,
also are participating in recognizing this global event.

Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon
Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy
provider, with approximately 6.6 million customers. ComEd provides
service to approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois,
or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit,
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