ComEd Distributes 1 Million CFL bulbs

ComEd Distributes 1 Million CFL bulbs

ComEd customers snatched up nearly 1 million discounted compact fluorescent light bulbs from the energy provider this fall, a small step in phasing out incandescent light bulbs nationwide by 2014.

The discounted, Energy Star-qualified CFL bulbs are part of the company's Customers' Affordable Reliable Energy (CARE) Discount CFL Bulb Program, which ends on Dec. 31.

One provision of the energy bill passed by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush this month phases out the use of common incandescent light bulbs by 2014.

"We are very pleased such a large number of customers will use these discounted CFL bulbs in their homes," said Anne Pramaggiore, ComEd executive vice president of customer operations, regulatory and external affairs. "Lower electricity use will be reflected in reduced bills for customers. This also means power plants produce less electricity to meet customer demand, reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

According to the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Star-qualified CFL bulbs use up to 75 percent less electricity than equivalent incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. Replacing one 60-watt incandescent bulb with a comparable CFL can save up to $30 over the lifetime of the bulb.

ComEd has also partnered with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Ace Hardware to allow customers to recycle used CFL bulbs by dropping them off at Ace stores.

ComEd, which operates in northern Illinois and has 3.8 million customers, provides other energy-saving tips and programs though its CARE website.