In 2018, more than 324,000 ComEd residential and business customers saved approximately $200 million on their electric bills by taking advantage of energy-saving offerings. Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy recognized the energy company for those achievements.
For the tenth year in a row, ComEd was recognized ComEd with an ENERGY STAR Award. It is also the seventh straight year ComEd has received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the YearSustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition.
We believe everyone has an equal right to safe, reliable and affordable energy, which is why we offer programs to help customers save energy and money, said Jane Park, senior vice president of customer operations for ComEd. We are honored that the EPA again recognizes our efforts to help customers make smarter energy decision and use energy more wisely.
The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program, which is funded in compliance with state law, offers assessments, rebates, discounts and recycling programs to help customers save money and teach them to use energy more wisely. Since 2008, the program has saved customers more than $3.7 billion, which is equal to customers being able to put about $15 toward groceries every week for a year. The program has saved customers more than 33 million megawatt-hours of electricity, which is equivalent to eliminating approximately 42 billion pounds of carbon emissions from the atmosphere, removing more than 4 million cars from the road for a year or planting more than 22 million acres of trees.
As a result of the Future Energy Jobs Act, ComEd also provides energy-saving offerings to income-eligible and local governmental customers. In 2018, more than 44,400 income-eligible customers participated in offerings, which included retrofitting more than 1,900 homes and more than 5,100 multi-family tenant units with energy-efficiency products. Governmental customers completed over 870 projects.
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The EPA presents the Sustained Excellence Award to partners that already received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for a minimum of two consecutive years and have gone above and beyond the criteria needed to qualify for recognition.
I applaud the 2019 ENERGY STAR Award winners, said Bill Wehrum, EPA assistant administrator for air and radiation. Their innovation and leadership enhance Americas economic competitiveness. Reducing costly energy waste improves air quality and public health while protecting the environment.
ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), a Fortune 100 energy company with approximately 10 million electricity and natural gas customers “ the largest number of customers in the U.S. ComEd powers the lives of more than 4 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the states population. For more information visit ComEd.com and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizationsincluding more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped save American families and businesses nearly 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity and associated reductions of over 3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases. In 2017 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans save $30 billion in energy costs. More background information about ENERGY STAR can be found at: energystar.gov/about and energystar.gov/numbers.
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