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New ComEd Smart Meters Manage Energy Use

Worried that this summer is going to cost you in energy bills?  ComEd has just rolled out a pilot program to help you with that in the future - or if you're in one of the test communities, you could start seeing benefits now.

Starting today, ComEd customers in nine Chicago-area communities will be able to more closely monitor their energy use using the new smart meter.  Once the digital smart meter is installed, customers can track their energy use online so that they can better manage their use.  The smart meter passes information along to the site every 30-minutes so that customers can get an updated look at how much energy they're using throughout the day. 

The new meters will allow customers to not only track their use, but also to compare it against their neighbors' use...
By tracking their usage online, users can compare their home's energy consumption to similar homes to see how they stack up.  The site also offers tips on how to change habits and save even more money by using less electricity. 

Right now, the new meters are being installed in the nine towns serviced by its Maywood operating center: Bellwood, Berwyn, Broadview, Forest Park, Hillside, Maywood, Melrose Park, Oak Park, River Forest and Humboldt Park. 

The smart meter program is just a test at this point.  ComEd will monitor the program for one year to observe the benefits to the customer, including savings and service benefits, as well as benefits to the environment, in the form of reduced greenhouse gas emissions.  The cost of this pilot program is being shared by all ComEd customers, to the tune of about $5 per customer, per year.

For more information on ComEd's smart meter program, click here or here

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