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Initiatives

Initiatives and Results

Breathe Easy

Partners: Elevate Energy, Illinois Institute of Technology

Initially funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, this study investigates the health impacts of installing mechanical ventilation systems in the homes of income eligible customers.

BIT Building Neighborhood Project

Partners: Slipstream, Southface, Illinois Green Alliance, Environmental Defense Fund

Using the BIT Building standard as the basis of a workforce training program, the BIT Neighborhood project is increasing the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings in income eligible communities.

Alternative Refrigerants

Partner: Slipstream, Alltemp

Slipstream assessed the energy use and performance impacts of using an alternative refrigerant product in commercial walk-in coolers and freezer refrigeration systems.

Energy Usage Baseline and Potential Study

Partner: Itron, Dunsky

Itron is surveying ComEd® customers to understand the current landscape of energy use as well as the energy savings potential for more efficient equipment and behaviors in program design.

Ductless Heat Pumps

Partners: CMC Energy, Franklin Energy, Mad Dash

This pilot tests high-performance, cold-climate mini-split ductless heat pumps for income eligible customers living in multifamily buildings in the ComEd® market.

Income Eligible Weatherization Program Design

Partner: Franklin Energy Services

Franklin Energy is testing a variety of program design and outreach strategies to improve the delivery of the ComEd® single-family income eligible weatherization offering. The pilot brings together local community-based organizations to serve as trusted advisors to homeowners in Elgin, Joliet, Aurora and Rockford.

Total Connected Savings: Thermostat Optimization

Partners: Whisker Labs, Honeywell

ComEd® and Nicor Gas collaborated to test an over-the-air deployed algorithm that used real-time weather data to convert connected thermostats to smart thermostats.

Seasonal Savings

Partner: Google Nest Labs

This pilot involving over one hundred thousand customers verified the energy savings potential of a smart thermostat schedule optimization program.

Commercial Geothermal Advancement

Partners: AECOM, Geothermal Alliance of Illinois, University of Illinois Chicago Energy Research Center

This pilot is helping to create a streamlined incentive for ground source heat pump installations at commercial, light industrial and public sector buildings.

Ultra-High Efficiency Public Housing HVAC

Partners: Franklin Energy, Gas Technology Institute, Rockford Housing Authority

This project tested new technologies with standard weatherization practices to reduce HVAC energy use in a public housing authority complex by up to 50 percent.

LED Holiday Light Exchange

Partner: CLEAResult

This pilot offered customers the opportunity to exchange their traditional holiday light strands for energy-efficient LED holiday lights.

Energy-Water Nexus Savings Research

Partners: Elevate Energy

This research project helped ComEd quantify the system-wide energy savings associated with water efficiency and explore new approaches to encouraging ComEd® customers to save water.

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