Energy efficiency nets millions in savings for ComEd customers

Using energy efficiency programs, ComEd customers saved $400 million over the past five years. Now in its sixth year, ComEd’s Smart Ideas energy efficiency program creates $56 million in incentives to help customers conserve energy and spend less on ele

Through ComEd‘s Smart Ideas energy efficiency programs, residential delivery customers who are also Nicor Gas customers can sign up to receive a home energy assessment, which includes installation of energy-saving products, customized energy-efficiency recommendations and instant rebates of up to $1,250 for completing suggested improvements such as air sealing and insulation.

New in 2013 for small businesses, ComEd will cover up to 75 percent (increased from 50 percent) of recommended energy efficiency upgrades — such as lighting, LED exit signs and energy-efficient water heater installation — offered through its Small Business Energy Savings Program.

This program offers small business owners free energy assessments and technical services to help generate savings that go straight to the bottom line. The program will also assign a trained trade ally to help business owners complete the process by providing energy-efficient upgrades from start to finish.

During program year six, ComEd will also continue its Fridge and Freezer Recycle Rewards Program, which offers customers free pick-up of their old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers. ComEd will recycle these units in an environmentally responsible way and send customers a $35 check for participating in the program. Since 2008, this program has kept more than 163,000 inefficient appliances out of local landfills. This represents more than 10,000 tons of metal, more than 2,000 tons of plastic and 400 tons of glass.

Since the launch of Smart Ideas, ComEd has helped customers achieve more than four million megawatt hours of energy savings. This is equivalent to the energy required to power nearly 425,000 homes for one year.

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