ComEd program saves consumers energy, cash

The program was created to educate consumers on how to conserve energy and save money at home and at work. The timing couldn't be better- as high electricity bills are a part of summer. Or at least they used to be.

ComEd's energy efficiency portfolio manager, George Malek, showed some of the ways residents at the Jackson Park Supportive Living Center can cut down on their costs. Two tips:

  • Keep the filter on your air conditioner clean.
  • Switch to energy efficient, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL).
  • "I don't need an electrician. I'm going to change that out with a CFL bulb and save 75% of the energy that this fixture uses," said George Malek, ComEd "Energy Doctor"

    "Energy Energy efficiency, as you may or may not know, is one of the most powerful things we can do against global warming," said Val Jensen, ComEd.

    "The more we save, the less has to be emitted from the power plants," said Rebecca Stanfield, Environment Illinois

    ComEd is expanding a discount on CFL bulbs as part of its Smart Ideas Program, a three-year campaign to offer incentives and information on energy conservation. Home Depot is one of the partner stores, offering the bulbs with discounts of $1- $2 per bulbs.

    "We will bring in two million of these bulbs into retail outlets in our service territory. And we're going to offer them to our customers at a deep discount," said Anne Pramaggiore, ComEd. Those bulbs, which contain mercury, must be recycled at a center or store.

    Other incentives- if you have an old freezer or refrigerator, ComEd will pay you $25 to get rid of it- and they'll pick it up. Plus, they'll take the old appliance to a recycling center. More Incentives/ Energy-Conserving Tips

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