This Holiday Season, ComEd Encourages Customers to Give the Gift of ‘Green’

CHICAGO, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ — Shoppers can put more cash back in their
loved ones’ pockets and help the environment by choosing energy efficient
holiday gifts. ComEd encourages customers to consider the long-term benefits
of energy savings not just through giving energy efficient products, but also
managing the electricity use of holiday gifts throughout the year.

According to ENERGY STAR(R), using energy efficient products can reduce
energy bills by up to one-third. ComEd encourages its customers to look for
the ENERGY STAR label on home appliances, electronics and other products.
ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

When choosing home electronics as gifts, keep in mind they also are the
biggest energy guzzlers — computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos and kitchen
appliances. New technology does not equal energy efficient. For example, a
new ENERGY STAR qualified plasma TV uses about 30 percent less energy than a
new standard plasma TV.

Home electronics also continue to draw power called phantom load when left
plugged in and not in use, and drain your wallet. According to the U.S.
Department of Energy, 75 percent of the electricity used to power home
electronics is consumed when they are turned off, adding up to 10 percent to
monthly electric bills.

“Purchasing energy efficient appliances and products for friends and
family this holiday season shows how much you care — for both the recipient
and the environment,” said Val R. Jensen, vice president, Marketing and
Environmental Programs, ComEd. “ComEd is committed to educating our customers
on ways to conserve energy, save money and help the environment by reducing
our carbon footprint.”

Customers visiting the ComEd Online Energy Store at receive a
20 percent discount on a wide range of energy efficiency products and the Web
site also offers many tips on how customers can make their homes more energy
efficient, particularly at this time of year.

Encouraging people to give the gift of green is one of ComEd’s 12 Ways to
Green campaign, which aims to educate customers about ways to save money and
reduce their carbon footprint. Launched earlier this year, 12 Ways to Green
is a component of Exelon 2020, a comprehensive environmental strategy to
reduce, offset, or displace more than 15 million metric tons of greenhouse gas
emissions per year by 2020 among ComEd’s parent, Exelon, its subsidiaries, and

Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon
Corporation (NYSE: EXC), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities with
approximately 5.4 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately
3.8 million customers across Northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s



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