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Keep Your Home Delightful While the Weather Outside is Frightful

January 3, 2017

Chicagoans know all too well that when the winter “hawk” blows into town, it’s time to go indoors, bundle up and wait for the thaw. (For those new to the region, the “hawk” refers to the bitterly cold winds blowing off the lake in Chicago and other Great Lakes cities.)

ComEd offers you some no cost/low cost tips to help you manage your energy usage as you guard your home against Chicago’s notorious hawk:

10 Plus 10 Equals Savings: Turning down your thermostat 10 degrees for at least eight hours per day, such as when you leave home or go to sleep, could save up to 10 percent a year on your heating bill.

Out with the Old: Checking and replacing a dirty HVAC filter each month increases air flow and enables your system to work efficiently to keep you warm.

Check it Out: Inspect and replace, if necessary, the caulking and weather-stripping around all windows, doors and openings for utility services. Also, check for air leaks in ducts that move air to-and-from a forced air furnace or heat pump. When ducts have leaks, they can lose up to 20-30 percent of heated air before it reaches living spaces.

Save Online: Purchase energy-saving products for your home and get instant rebates at ComEd’s new online store, the ComEd Marketplace, at ComEdMarketplace.com.

Seek Help: If you need financial assistance, contact the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc., at (800) 571-2332, or the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program at (877) 411-9276 for areas outside of Cook County, or contact ComEd at 1-800-EDISON-1.

Save on your energy bills all year long through the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program by visiting ComEd.com/WaysToSave.

Energy Efficiency programs are funded by ComEd customers in compliance with Illinois law.