ComEd, a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation--one of the nation's largest electric and gas utilities--provides service to approximately 3.8 million northern Illinois electric customers. ComEd is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its success in leveraging ENERGY STAR and utilizing a market-friendly approach to promote energy-efficient products and energy saving practices to residential and business customers. Key accomplishments include:
· Promoting ENERGY STAR qualified residential lighting through 800 retail locations, educating more than 13,000 retail staff about the benefits of ENERGY STAR qualified lighting, and conducting 260 customer education demonstrations.
· Selling more than 9.4 million ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs and 81,000 qualified fixtures in its service territory in 2010, with estimated gross annual energy savings of more than 390,000 MWh.
· Partnering with three major home improvement chains to accept and properly dispose of CFLs at no charge, resulting in proper disposal of more than 60,000 CFLs.
· Collecting more than 30,000 aging refrigerators, freezers, and room air conditioners for proper recycling including recovery of ozone-depleting substances in accordance with the best practices of EPA's Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program.
· Leveraging the Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR campaign in creative new ways to spur customer behavior change and action. One particularly effective e-mail marketing effort involved promoting the ENERGY STAR Pledge with the ENERGY STAR EZ Wizard Tool, a free tool to help customers easily put their computers in sleep mode when not in use. On the first day of the promotion, EPA received nearly 1,700 new pledges.
· Helping consumers save more than 448 million kWh (net) of electricity in 2010, exceeding its statutory goals by nearly 50 percent--at least 40 percent of these savings come from incentives tied directly to ENERGY STAR.