ComEd’s Smart Ideas program awarded for promoting energy efficiency

Staff Report

CHICAGO — ComEd has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency efforts. The utility was commended for its continuous contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by delivering information, services and products to its customers to increase energy efficiency.

This is the sixth consecutive year ComEd’s Smart Ideas energy efficiency programs have been honored for their delivery of energy efficiency programs through comprehensive customer outreach, education and marketing programs. An ENERGY STAR partner since 1999, ComEd, along with sister Exelon company BGE, based in Baltimore, was honored for its long-term commitment to energy efficiency at the EPA awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., April 29.

As one of the largest electric utility companies in the nation, we are pleased to offer customers accessible energy-efficient ways to manage their electricity usage, save money and help the environment,” said Val Jensen, senior vice president, Customer Operations. “ComEd is proud to be recognized by the EPA and thanks our customers for making Smart Ideas a successful program.”

Since ComEd launched Smart Ideas in 2008, ComEd has helped customers save more than $700 million on their electric bills and more than 7 million megawatt hours of energy savings. This is equivalent to the energy required to power nearly 760,000 homes for one year. The programs offers a suite of energy saving options, including assessment services and rebates to switch to more energy-efficient equipment, from lighting to central air conditioners to more complex projects such as industrial improvements.

ComEd has earned EPA’s highest ENERGY STAR award — the 2014 Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence Award — because of their unwavering commitment to helping consumers become increasingly more energy efficient,” said EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. There are 16,000 organizations that are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

For more about ComEd’s Smart Ideas programs, visit

From the May 14-20, 2014, issue

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