ComEd Prepares Customers to Beat the Heat
ComEd offers tips to reduce energy use, save on bills despite high
CHICAGO, July 16, 2013
CHICAGO, July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With temperatures expected to reach 90
degrees or more all this week, ComEd is offering the following tips that can
help reduce energy usage by up to 20 percent and possibly more this summer:
oManage your thermostat: For customers with central air conditioning, keep
thermostats at a constant, comfortable level (74 to 76 degrees, or even
higher) when at home. Raise the thermostat setting a few degrees for days
with extreme heat (90 degrees or higher) to save even more. Lowering the
thermostat setting below the desired temperature will not cool your home
faster, it will just waste energy and money.
oCheck air conditioner size and placement: For those with room air
conditioners, ensure that the appliance is sized properly for the room and
turn the unit off if someone is not going to be in the room for an
extended period of time. Place window air conditioners on the north or
shady side of the house to avoid overworking the unit in the hot daytime
oUse fans to circulate air: For those without air conditioning, ComEd
recommends ceiling fans or portable fans operating with the windows
partially open to circulate fresh air into your home. For those with air
conditioning, fans can be used to evenly distribute cool air and reduce
your air conditioner's "on" time.
oUse appliances wisely: To reduce interior heat during the warmest part of
the day, run appliances such as ovens, washing machines, dryers and
dishwashers in the early morning or evening hours when it's generally
cooler outside. Also, use a microwave to cook, or barbecue outside, if
possible, during the hottest days.
oKeep shades, blinds and curtains closed: About 40 percent of unwanted heat
comes through windows. Simply drawing blinds and curtains, which act as a
layer of insulation, can reduce heat gain to your home. Awnings are even
better and can dramatically reduce heat from the sun. Window coatings and
window film can reject as much as 80 percent of the heat from the sun.
oKeep the hot air out: Turn off all unnecessary lighting and appliances,
which add heat to the home. Keep doors to the outside, garage or attic
firmly closed to keep cool air in and hot air out.
oLook for energy-efficient appliances: When shopping for appliances such as
refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners, look for the ENERGY STAR®
label, and purchase the most affordable energy-efficient unit. Newer more
energy-efficient models lower monthly operating costs.
oReplace inefficient lighting: Replace your old standard incandescent bulbs
with new compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) or light emitting diode
(LED) bulbs. CFLs and LEDs use about 75 percent less energy than
incandescent bulbs, and can last up to 30 times longer, depending on which
technology you choose.
oGet paid to save. Use energy-efficient appliances which use less energy
than older models. ComEd will pick up your old, working refrigerator or
freezer for FREE and send you $35 for participating. Schedule online at
ComEd.com/FridgeRecycling or call 855-433-2700.
Those in the market for a new central air conditioner should look for ENERGY
STAR®-qualified A/C units, which will be at least 15 percent more efficient
than conventional models. ComEd offers incentives for the simultaneous
installation of qualifying high-efficiency furnace and central air
For customers in financial hardship facing disconnection, ComEd offers
customer assistance programs. For more information on ComEd's assistance
programs or to enroll in ComEd's bill-payment assistance programs, call
1-888-806-CARE (2273) or visit ComEd.Com/CARE for more information.
For more energy-saving tools, tips and resources, visit ComEd.com/SmartIdeas
or call 855-433-2700.
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.
Contact: Customer Contact, 800-EDISON-1 (334-7661), or Media Contact,
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