Five-year, 51-year project part of the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program recently recognized by the US EPA and the Department of Energy
WAUKEGAN, Illinois, May 5, 2022– (BUSINESS WIRE) – ComEd and Waukegan Public Schools (WPS) today celebrated the completion of a five-year 51-project energy efficiency initiative that is expected to save WPS more than $ 609,000 per year on its total electricity bills.
The effort is part of the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program, which since 2008 has saved families and businesses in northern Illinois about $ 6.7 billion on their electricity bills. The program recently received the highest level of recognition from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy with an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence Award.
“We believe that everyone has an equal right to clean air and affordable energy, which is why we are proud to offer energy efficiency programs to help customers save energy and money, while helping to mitigate the effects of climate change,” says Melissa. Washington, senior vice president of customer operations for ComEd. “ComEd is honored to be part of such a massive commitment with Waukegan Public Schools to improve the environment by improving lighting in classrooms, halls, gyms, parking lots and other areas that students, staff and society have access to.”
Since December 2017, WPS has partnered with ComEd and its authorized energy-efficient service providers to install energy-efficient lighting fixtures and light bulbs, surge-protected outlets and smart strips, refrigerator and kitchen parts and equipment, fire exit signs, air conditioning components and other energy-building components. WPS received approximately $ 1.8 million in incentives through the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program.
The total energy savings for all 51 projects are estimated at more than 6 million kilowatt hours, the amount of energy required to power the homes of more than 700 ComEd customers. These savings have an environmental benefit equivalent to reducing more than £ 6.4 million of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere or removing almost 650 cars from the road.
In recent years, Waukegan Public Schools, also known as Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60, has used non-profit incentives to improve the district’s energy efficiency. This year alone, the district switched from fluorescent lighting to LED lighting in 26 school buildings. District staff also worked with ComEd-recommended engineers to study building automation systems and implement recommended modifications to improve efficiency. Most recently, the district has been working with ComEd to install smart branch outlets that reduce residual electricity consumption from idle computer monitors and printers.
“As a district, we’re always keen to take advantage of opportunities to improve our energy efficiency,” said Kevin Kruckeberg, Waukegan Public Schools Chief Operating Officer. “As our operating costs decrease, we can provide better service to our students. The cost savings we have achieved are used for delayed maintenance and building improvement projects to benefit the safety and health of our students and staff.”
ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award
This year is the tenth year in a row that ComEd has received an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year, and the 13th year in a row that the energy company in northern Illinois has been recognized by the EPA and DOE. Award recipients are part of a prominent group that has made long-term commitments to combat climate change and protect public health through energy efficiency. The Sustained Excellence Awards are given to partners who have already received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award for at least two consecutive years and who have exceeded the criteria required to qualify for recognition.
In 2021, approximately 460,000 ComEd’s home and business customers saved nearly $ 189 million on their electricity bills by taking advantage of ComEd’s energy-saving offerings.
“We know we will all be required to work together to tackle the climate crisis, and the 2022 ENERGY STAR Award-winning partners show what it takes to build a more sustainable future,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “These companies show once again that measures to support a clean energy economy can be good not only for the environment but also for companies and customers.”
The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program, funded under state law, offers a range of services and incentives to help families and businesses save money and use energy more wisely. Since 2008, the program has helped customers save nearly 62 million megawatt hours of electricity, the amount of energy required to power the homes of more than 7.1 million ComEd customers. These savings have an environmental benefit equivalent to reducing more than £ 52 billion of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere, removing more than 5 million cars from the road or planting more than 29 million hectares of trees.
For more information on how ComEd helps customers save money and energy, visit ComEd.com/HomeSavings for Private Customers and ComEd.com/BizSavings for Corporate Customers.
ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NASDAQ: EXC), a Fortune 200 energy company with approximately 10 million electricity and natural gas customers – the largest number of customers in the United States ComEd runs the lives of more than 4 million customers worldwide in northern Illinois , or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information, visit ComEd.com and contact the company on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and YouTube.
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