The Smart Grid includes installing advanced technology to help reduce customer power interruptions. For example, smart switches (also known as distribution automation devices) route power around potential problem areas, often with no noticeable interruption in service.Smart grid work has resulted in approximately 500,000 fewer customer power interruptions in 2012 and 2013, saving customers approximately $82 million. “In 2013, our smart grid investments and process improvements contributed to the best reliability results in ComEd’s history,” said Donnelly. “We are continuing to storm harden and upgrade our system to make sure we provide the best possible service to our customers.” ComEd reminds customers that higher temperatures can also lead to higher energy bills. ComEd customers can save energy and money this summer by following a few simple tips.
- Turn it off: Turn off all unnecessary lighting and devices.
- Manage your thermostat: Keep thermostats at a constant, comfortable level when at home. Raise the thermostat setting for days of extreme heat to save even more. Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust your home's temperature settings when you're away or sleeping.
- Keep shades, blinds and curtains closed: About 40 percent of unwanted heat comes through windows. Simply drawing blinds and curtains, which act as a layer of insulation, can reduce heat gain to your home.
- Use ceiling fans to circulate air: For those without any air conditioning, use ceiling fans or portable fans operating with the windows partially open to circulate fresh air into your home. For those with air conditioning, fans can be used to evenly distribute cool air.
- Use appliances wisely: During summer months, run appliances that produce heat (clothes dryers and dishwashers) at night when it is cooler.
For more energy-saving tools, tips and resources, visit ComEd.com/SmartIdeas.Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 6.6 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population.