WAUKEGAN, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE).
The effort is part of the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program, which has saved families and businesses in northern Illinois about $6.7 billion on utility bills since 2008. The program recently received the highest recognition from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy with an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Award for Sustainable Excellence.
“We believe everyone has an equal right to clean air and affordable energy, which is why we’re proud to offer energy efficiency programs that help customers save energy and money while helping mitigate the effects of climate change,” said Melissa Washington , Senior Vice President of Customer Operations for ComEd. “ComEd is honored to be part of such a massive effort with Waukegan Public Schools to improve the environment by improving lighting in classrooms, halls, gymnasiums, parking lots and other areas accessed by students, staff and the community .”
Since December 2017, WPS has worked with ComEd and its Authorized Energy Efficiency Service Providers to provide energy efficient lighting fixtures and bulbs, surge protected outlets and smart strips, refrigeration and kitchen parts and equipment, emergency exit signs, air conditioning components and other energy efficient savings across multiple school buildings. WPS received approximately $1.8 million in incentives under the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program.
The combined energy savings of all 51 projects are estimated to be more than 6 million kilowatt hours, the amount of energy needed to power the homes of more than 700 ComEd customers. These savings have an environmental benefit equivalent to removing more than 6.4 million pounds of CO2 emissions from the atmosphere or taking nearly 650 cars off the road.
In recent years, Waukegan Public Schools, also known as Waukegan Community Unit School District #60, has used incentives from utility companies to improve the district’s energy efficiency. This year alone, the district switched from fluorescent lighting to LED lighting in 26 school buildings. District officials also worked with ComEd-recommended engineers to study building automation systems and implement recommended changes to improve efficiency. Most recently, the district worked with ComEd to install smart power strips that reduce residual power consumption from idle computer screens and printers.
“As a district, we always strive to take advantage of opportunities to improve our energy efficiency,” said Kevin Kruckeberg, Operations Manager, Waukegan Public Schools. “As our operating costs are reduced, we can better serve our students. Realized cost savings will be used for overdue maintenance and building improvement projects to promote the safety and health of our students and staff.”
ENERGY STAR recognized for sustainable excellence
This year is the 10th consecutive year that ComEd has received an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year award and the 13th consecutive year that the Northern Illinois energy company has been recognized by the EPA and DOE. The award winners belong to a respected group with a long-term commitment to combating climate change and protecting public health through energy efficiency. Sustained Excellence Awards are presented to partners who have received ENERGY STAR recognition for Partner of the Year for at least two consecutive years and have significantly exceeded the criteria required for recognition.
In 2021, approximately 460,000 ComEd residential and commercial customers saved nearly $189 million on their electricity bills by taking advantage of ComEd’s energy saving offerings.
“We know we all need to work together to tackle the climate crisis, and the 2022 ENERGY STAR-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 not only be good 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 wisely. Since 2008, the program has helped customers save nearly 62 million megawatt-hours of electricity, the amount of energy needed 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 pounds of carbon emissions from the atmosphere by taking more than 5 million cars off the road or planting more than 29 million acres of trees.
For more information on how ComEd helps customers save money and energy, visit ComEd.com/HomeSavings for residential customers and ComEd.com/BizSavings for business 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 customer base in the United States. ComEd powers 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 connect with the company on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and Youtube.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR® is the government-supported symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible and unbiased information that consumers and businesses can rely on to make informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped American families and businesses avoid more than $500 billion in energy costs and achieve more than 4 billion tons in greenhouse gas reductions. For more background information on the impact of ENERGY STAR, see EnergyStar.gov/Impacts and for state-level information see EnergyStar.gov/StateFacts.