ComEd is working hard to ensure electric systems are ready to exceed the energy needs of customers throughout the cold-weather months.
All year, ComEd has been working on an advanced energy delivery system, as well as improving reliability and building smart infrastructure for the future. In the past four years, more than 7.3 million service interruptions have been avoided thanks to modernizing the grid and other work the company has prioritized. ComEd has installed more than 230 smart switches to reroute power around problem areas and has also added tree-resistant cables to help protect systems during storms. These projects alone have avoided more than 1.5 million power interruptions this year.
“The work we’ve done to modernize the electric grid is essential to meeting the increased electricity needs of our customers during the coldest months of the year,” Executive Vice President Terrence Donnelly said. “This work begins months in advance and helps us meet the increased demand for energy, when our customers need it the most.”
The company also recommends simple tips to help save on electric bills, such as setting the thermostat 10 degrees lower when leaving your home or before bed each night. Replace old holiday lights with newer LED versions that use up to 75 percent less energy. Also check the HVAC filter every month; if it looks dirty, replace it. A dirty filter means the system has to work harder to heat the home, wasting energy.
Those in need of financial assistance can access a list of social service agencies accepting applications at ComEd.com or by calling CEDA at (800) 571-2332 or LIHEAP at (877) 411-9276.