Snow may be falling on the first day of spring, but warmer weather is
right around the corner. The change in season is the perfect reminder to
weatherize your home to ensure it is as energy efficient as possible,
saving energy and money.
Here are some easy steps customers can take to make a difference:
Keep it sealed: Inspect the caulking or weather stripping
around windows, doors and any openings for utility services. A drafty
house lets cool air escape and is much more costly to keep cool –
especially during warmer weather.
Clear the air: Replacing your old central air conditioner with
a new ENERGY STAR®-qualified model can reduce your cooling costs by as
much as 30 percent. Change your filter regularly to ensure optimal
Upgrade your insulation: Insulating your home can significantly
reduce your heating and cooling costs, while increasing the comfort of
your home in both hot and cold weather.
Consider the benefits of yard work. Proper selection and
placement of trees, shrubs, and vines adds attractiveness and also
helps lower the heating and cooling needs of a home.
PECO encourages customers to always put safety first. Customers are
reminded to dial 811 at least three days before digging to ensure the
area is safe for planting.
Here are a few tips to help you stay cool when the summer heat is on!
Manage your thermostat: Keep thermostats set at a constant,
comfortable level. Just by raising your thermostat from 72 to 78
degrees, you could save up to 6 percent off your cooling bills.
Stay shaded: If possible, keep your room air conditioner out of
the sun. Room air conditioners work best when kept cool. Close blinds,
drapes and shades during the hottest part of the day. This keeps the
strong sunlight from heating your home.
Be a fan: Consider installing a ceiling fan. During warmer
weather a ceiling fan will create a cool breeze and keep the air
circulating in your home.
Cool the kitchen: Instead of using your oven or stove in warmer
weather, which can generate more heat, fire up the outdoor grill for
cooking. You also can use your microwave or other countertop
appliances in place of the stove or oven.
Looking for even more ways to save energy and money? With PECO Smart
House Call, we’ll send an energy advisor to your home, provide a
personal energy assessment and offer energy-efficient upgrades on the
spot. By identifying energy-efficiency opportunities around your home,
you could save up to 20 percent on your monthly energy bill. Learn more
or call 1-888-5PECO-SAVE.
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility
subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6
million electric and more than 506,000 natural gas customers in
southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region.
PECO delivered 89.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.5
billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2014. 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. For more
information visit PECO.com,
and connect with the company on Facebook
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releases via email, please send your email address to PECO.Communication@exeloncorp.com.
Copyright Business Wire 2015
Source: Business Wire
(March 20, 2015 - 11:00 AM EDT)
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