Empowering Communities

Santa’s Coming to Town with the Gift of Energy Efficiency

December 15, 2016

As you’re trimming the tree and decking the halls this holiday season, keep in mind that Santa is still watching to see who’s being naughty and who’s being nice.

It’s nice to run your appliances to entertain guests and light your holiday tree, but these holiday activities can result in naughty higher-than-average electricity bills if you aren’t careful.

“The holidays are the most joyous time of the year, and ComEd wants its customers to take advantage of energy-efficient programs and tips to save money now and all year long,” says ComEd Energy Doctor George Malek.

ComEd offers the following advice to stay on Santa’s good side:


  • Buying holiday lights without paying attention to how much energy they use.
  • Leaving holiday lights plugged in when you leave home.
  • Using nails and tacks, which could puncture electrical cords, to hang lights inside or outside the house.
  • Using damaged or broken lights.


  • Using energy-efficient ENERGY STAR certified holiday lights, which use up to 75 percent less energy than conventional lights.
  • Powering down lights when leaving home.
  • Hanging outdoor lights with insulated staples or hooks to avoid damaging the electrical cords.

If you’re looking for any “bright” gift ideas, consider buying energy efficient products from the ComEd Marketplace to save money and time. Visit https://www.comedmarketplace.com/ to get started!

ComEd wishes you and your family happy holidays!


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