March 18, 2016 - 10:00 AM EDT
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PECO’s Iconic Crown Lights to Go Dark for Earth Hour

Customers encouraged to join in the effort and turn their lights off

A fixture along the Philadelphia skyline, PECO’s iconic LED Crown Lights system will power down for Earth Hour 2016 on Saturday, March 19 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Prior to “going dark” a special message will appear from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“We’re turning off our Crown Lights for Earth Hour 2016 tonight from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Join us! Turn off your lights & save energy. Find more ways to save energy and money at

PECO customers are encouraged to support Earth Hour 2016 by turning lights off at their homes and businesses to save energy. Customers also can take steps to save energy and money year round, including:

  • Schedule a PECO Smart House Call - PECO will send an energy advisor to your home, provide a personal energy assessment and offer energy-efficient upgrades on the spot.
  • Use a programmable thermostat
  • Caulk and weather strip windows and doors
  • Turn lights off when you leave a room
  • Close blinds/shades/drapes in the summer and leave them open in the winter
  • Use energy-efficient appliances: When shopping for appliances such as refrigerators, look for the ENERGY STAR® label, and purchase the most affordable energy efficient unit.

Before customers turn their lights back on this Earth Hour, take a moment to replace incandescent light bulbs with LEDs (light emitting diode) or new CFLs (compact fluorescent lamp), which use about 75 percent less energy.

PECO Smart Ideas, our award-winning suite of energy efficiency programs, has energy-saving products and programs to help save money in every home and business. For more ways to save visit

PECO’s sister utilities, BGE in Baltimore and ComEd in Chicago, also are participating in recognizing this global event.

Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). The company’s 2,400 dedicated employees provide advanced, innovative energy solutions to 1.6 million electric and more than 511,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2015 PECO delivered 86.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 38 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $4.5 billion in Pennsylvania, supporting more than 9,600 local jobs and producing $760 million in labor income. 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, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.

Ben Armstrong, 215-841-4137 or 215-841-5555
[email protected]

Source: Business Wire (March 18, 2016 - 10:00 AM EDT)

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