CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In celebration of Earth Hour, ComEd is reminding its customers to power down for the hour, Saturday, March 28 from 8:30 – 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 be turning off nonessential lights at its office facilities across northern Illinois to mark Earth Hour.
In addition to turning off lights during Earth Hour, ComEd customers can take a number of steps to save energy and money and the environment year round through the ComEd Smart Ideas Energy Efficiency Program, including:
- Set the thermostat up to 10 degrees higher during the summer, and up
to 10 degrees lower during the winter, when you leave your home and
before going to sleep. You could save up to 15 percent a year on
heating and cooling costs.
- 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.
- 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.
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. The ComEd Smart Ideas® Energy Efficiency Program provides instant in-store discounts on select ENERGY STAR® certified CFLs and LEDs. Look for the ComEd “Lower Price” sticker to save on a variety of energy-efficient light bulbs at participating retail stores. Continue reading