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US utility ComEd has returned more than $4 million in bill credits to consumers who participated in demand response initiative Peak Time Savings, this summer.

The initiative registered 300,000 consumers and helped them reduce their energy use during six Peak Time Savings Hours.

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Consumers can enrol in the demand response programme for free.

Once enrolled, customers can choose to be notified of Peak Time Savings Hours by phone, text or email. ComEd also announces Peak Time Savings Hours on Facebook and Twitter.

Since the launch of the programme in 2015, ComEd customers have saved more than $10.2 million in bill credits.

Jane Park, senior vice president of customer operations at ComEd, said: “We believe energy should be affordable and accessible to all customers.

 “This programme is one of the many ways – including hourly pricing and offerings under the ComEd Energy Efficiency Programme – that give our customers the power to choose how they use energy and save money on their energy bills.”

The project is a result of the enactment of the Smart Grid law which has also encouraged ComEd to deploy smart meters to produce record power reliability, more energy-management options and customer satisfaction results.

Energy-saving measures which consumers can implement during peak times include raising their thermostats by a few degrees or waiting until the end of Peak Time Savings Hours to use large appliances.

Customers who wish to enrol and participate in the summer 2020 Peak Time Savings season can find more information at ComEd.com/PTS.