PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PECO will power down its iconic LED Crown Lights system for Earth Hour 2017 on Saturday, March 25 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Earth Hour is the world’s largest annual voluntary environmental action event to raise awareness about climate change. Prior to “going dark” a special message will appear from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on the lights atop the company’s Main Office Building at 2301 Market Street in Philadelphia.
“We’re turning off our Crown Lights for Earth Hour 2017 tonight from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Join us! Turn off your lights & save energy. Find more ways to save energy and money at peco.com/smartideas.”
In addition to turning off nonessential lights during Earth Hour, PECO customers can take a number of steps to save energy and money and the environment year-round with PECO Smart Ideas, including:
- Schedule an energy assessment or audit at peco.com/smartideas. An energy efficiency expert will evaluate insulation, heating and air cooling systems, lighting, appliances and more;
- Use a programmable thermostat;
- Caulk and weather strip windows and doors;
- Turn lights off when you leave a room;
- Close blinds/shades/drapes in the summer and leave them open in the winter;
- Use energy-efficient appliances: When shopping for appliances such as refrigerators, look for the ENERGY STAR® label, and purchase the most affordable energy efficient unit.
Before customers turn their lights back on this Earth Hour, they should take a moment to replace energy-wasting incandescent light bulbs with new LED lightbulbs, which typically use 75-90 percent less energy and last about 25 times longer. PECO provides discounts for energy-efficient bulbs, which can be found at hundreds of local retail stores.
PECO’s sister utilities, Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power and Pepco also are participating in recognizing this global event.
PECO, founded in 1881, is Pennsylvania’s largest electric and natural gas utility. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PECO delivers energy to more than 1.6 million electric customers and more than 516,000 natural gas customers in southeastern, Pennsylvania. The company’s 2,500 employees are dedicated to the safe and reliable delivery of electricity and natural gas as well as enhanced energy management conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $4.3 billion in Pennsylvania, supporting more than 8,700 local jobs and producing $732 million in labor income. PECO is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's only Fortune 100 utility and leading competitive energy provider. For more information visit PECO.com, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.