PECO Ready To Meet Customer Demand This Winter

With colder weather just around the corner, PECO is completing the work necessary to prepare its electric and natural gas systems to ensure safe and reliable service for customers all winter long. This work helps ensure PECO is ready to meet our customers’ increased demand for electricity and natural gas, and helps to ensure electric reliability and natural gas pipeline safety.

As part of the company’s winter readiness work, PECO has secured natural gas supply and completed filling natural gas storage facilities to serve its nearly 500,000 natural gas customers this heating season.

As part of nearly $90 million the company is investing in its natural gas system this year, PECO has completed 14 projects, which included the replacement of more than 13,000 feet of underground gas main to meet the growing needs of customers. The company also completed 194 projects to replace more than 158,000 feet of existing gas line with new plastic gas main and service line, which enhances safety, is more durable, and improves reliability.

“We are constantly investing in our system to ensure we meet the needs of our customers and to ensure we provide the reliable electric and natural gas service our customers have come to expect,” said Craig Adams, PECO president and CEO. “As we work to prepare for colder weather, we encourage our customers to do the same, by inspecting heating equipment to ensure safe and efficient operation.”

Before overnight temperatures begin to routinely dip into the 30s, PECO reminds customers to turn on their heaters and test their systems. PECO encourages customers to schedule a service call for their heater if the system hasn't been inspected and cleaned by a qualified service technician in the past two years. Regular service will ensure the heating system operates safely and efficiently for the season ahead.

Customers also can take advantage of nice autumn days to weatherize their home:

  • Clean air vents around the house
  • Install storm windows and doors
  • Check and freshen weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors
  • Install sealers behind electrical outlets.

For more ways to save energy and money this winter, customers can visit www.peco.com/SmartIdeas or call 1-888-5-PECO-SAVE (1-888-573-2672).

Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and 497,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 76.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2012. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations.

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