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ComEd making communities more energy efficient

By: Barbara Vergetis Lundin |

When it comes to promoting and supporting energy efficiency, ComEd puts its money where its mouth is.

ComEd is awarding $40,000 in grants to winners of its energy-efficiency contest in order to help with the implementation of energy conservation projects.

“As part of ComEd’s commitment to the environment, we are dedicated to helping customers of all ages find ways to save energy and resources,” said Kevin Brookins, senior vice president of strategy and administration, ComEd. “These grants will provide funding for projects that will drive a positive, sustainable change in the communities we serve.”

The winners submitted creative energy conservation ideas or projects that will help educate the community about the benefits of energy efficiency.

For example, Aurora Area Interfaith will use its mobile food pantry trucks to offer lighting demonstrations for low-income seniors and families with children to show the potential energy savings by switching to CFL bulbs in place of traditional incandescents. The project will provide up to 6,000 free CFL bulbs to low-income customers.

Another winner, Centro de Informacion, will host a series of community events including seminars, resource fairs, family nights, and consumer workshops to empower Spanish-speaking residents to be more energy efficient.

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Garden will use the funding to conduct energy-efficiency upgrades within its facility, create a permanent energy-efficiency display and offer a public education program to its 26,000 center visitors.