For Immediate Release
PHILADELPHIA (May 12, 2014) – Summer is just around the corner and PECO is ready. PECO has invested nearly $18 million and completed more than 33 projects this year to ensure safe and reliable service to keep homes and businesses cool during the hot summer months. This work includes substation equipment upgrades, new transmission wire and pole installations and circuit and equipment inspections.
"Our customers depend on us to provide safe and reliable service every day regardless of the conditions," said Mike Innocenzo, PECO senior vice president and COO. "The work that we have completed in advance of the summer months will help us keep the lights on for our customers and keep them comfortable through the summer heat."
PECO also conducts emergency response drills and performs maintenance and testing of various computer and emergency support systems as part of the company's summer preparedness program. Employees from across the company, including those who work in the field and those who provide office support, review emergency processes and procedures to help ensure safe and efficient response to storms or emergencies that could potentially impact service to customers.
PECO reminds customers that higher temperatures can also lead to higher energy bills. PECO 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.
Customers can save even more with PECO Smart Ideas, the company's full suite of energy efficiency programs to help residential, business, government and non-profit customers save energy and money. For more ways on how to save energy, visit www.peco.com/smartideas.
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 500,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 85.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2013. 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.
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