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PECO Ready for Summer Heat

Company prepares to meet summer demand and helps customers prepare, too!

PHILADELPHIA (May 29, 2019) – With summer just around the corner, PECO has been hard at work prepping its systems and testing its processes and procedures to ensure safe and reliable service for customers all summer long. PECO continues to invest in advanced technologies that transform the energy grid into a dynamic self-correcting system with the ability to automatically detect, isolate and re-route power when a problem occurs so interruptions are avoided or limited.

"A critical part of being safe in severe weather is being prepared," said John McDonald, PECO senior vice president and COO. "We work throughout the year to inspect our system and proactively make upgrades and improvements and we want our customers to be prepared as well so they can react quickly during a storm."

This work is part of more than $500 million invested each year in the company's systems. In addition, through PECO's System 2020 plan, an additional $274 million is being invested through 2020, to install advanced equipment and reinforce the local electric system, making it more weather resistant and less vulnerable to storm damage. The company has been focused on maintaining and strengthening its electric delivery system, including inspecting and replacing poles and trimming vegetation and trees.

PECO completes hundreds of tasks to prepare for the summer season, including system work, testing and drills to keep storm response skills sharp and ensure crews are ready to respond to severe summer storms or emergencies, if needed. And, as part of the Exelon family of companies, PECO can call on resources from sister utilities in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Illinois to restore power quicker after major storms.

As PECO prepares for summer, customers should prepare too. Before severe weather hits, customers should:

  • Download PECO's free mobile app, which allows customers to easily access their account information on the go. Customers can report an outage, stay up-to-date on the restoration status, pay their bill, check their usage and more. The PECO free mobile app is available through the App Store or Google Play.
  • Keep cell phones and mobile devices charged.
  • Have a flashlight with fresh batteries on each floor of your home.
  • Have a supply of bottled water and easy-to-prepare, non-perishable foods available.

If severe storms hit, PECO has many online resources to keep customers informed. Our interactive outage map, at peco.com/outagemap, provides customers information about outages across our system and how quickly we expect power will be restored.  Customers also can report or view the status of an electric outage through our enhanced website.

Higher temperatures can lead to higher energy bills, and PECO provides a variety of programs to help customers save energy and money. For example, PECO Smart Ideas, the company's full suite of energy efficiency programs, helps residential, business, government and non-profit customers save energy and money. For more information, visit peco.com/smartideas.

In addition, customers can save energy and lower their bills 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 closing blinds and curtains, which act as a layer of insulation, can reduce heat in your home.
  • Use ceiling fans to circulate air: For those without air conditioning, use ceiling fans or portable fans 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: Run appliances that produce heat (like clothes dryers, ovens and dishwashers) at night when it is cooler.

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About PECO

PECO, founded in 1881, is Pennsylvania's largest electric and natural gas utility. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PECO delivers energy to more than 1.6 million electric customers and more than 523,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. The company's 2,700 employees are dedicated to the safe and reliable delivery of electricity and natural gas as well as enhanced energy management conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. In 2018, PECO was named to Forbes Magazine's list of Best Employers for Women. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $4.8 billion in Pennsylvania, supporting more than 9,000 local jobs and producing $775 million in labor income. PECO is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's only Fortune 100 utility and leading competitive energy provider. For more information visit PECO.com, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.

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