Philadelphia, March 19, 2012 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized PECO as 2012 Energy Star Partner of the Year for outstanding contributions to energy efficiency through PECO Smart Ideas, the company's full suite of energy saving programs.
The award was presented during a ceremony held in Washington, D.C. on March 15 — marking the 20th anniversary of EPA's Energy Star.
PECO Smart Ideas offers many programs to help residential, business, government, non-profit and institutional customers save energy and money. In total more than 300,000 customers have participated in PECO Smart Ideas.
Since its launch in October 2009, PECO customers have reduced their electricity use by more than 1 million MWh, saving almost $200 million through energy efficiency and PECO Smart Ideas rebates. This energy savings has the same environmental benefit as planting more than 1 million trees or not driving more than 1 billion miles.
The Energy Star Partner of the Year Awards for Energy Efficiency Program Delivery are given in recognition of efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce pollution, resulting in significant cost savings. Award winners are selected from about 20,000 organizations that participate in the Energy Star program.
During the past 20 years, families and businesses across the U.S. have saved nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to those from more than 530 million vehicles with help from Energy Star.