Energy conservation
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ComEd is leveraging smart meter technology to offer small businesses a tool that helps them to better understand their energy use and find new ways to lower their bills.ComEd offers small businesses a free Business Energy Analyzer (BEA) to better understand their energy use, and find new ways to lower electric bills.

The BEA tool gives business owner's the ability to view their energy use month-to-month or year-to-year and compare your usage patterns to similar businesses.

It also offers personalised energy efficiency recommendations along with estimates on the amount of money each recommendation could save.

The tool also encourages business owners to get their employees involved in hitting your energy-efficiency goals.

Energy conservation in Ohio

In related news, residential customers of FirstEnergy Corporation's Ohio utilities (Ohio Edison, Toledo Edison and The Illuminating Company) can sign up to receive an Energy Conservation Kit, which includes information about saving energy and a variety of energy-efficient items that can be easily installed in the home to save on lighting, heating and cooling, water or other energy-related costs.

According to a release, the Energy Conservation Kits are available at no additional cost and include energy-efficient LED light bulbs, LED nightlights, a furnace filter whistle and other valuable energy-saving components.

Customers with electric water heaters may be eligible to receive additional water-saving products, such as a low-flow showerhead or faucet aerator.

"The Energy Conservation Kit makes saving energy at home easier and more affordable," said Wade Williams, manager of residential energy efficiency programmes for FirstEnergy's utilities.

"With valuable energy-saving tips and equipment, the kit provides additional tools to help our customers manage their electricity use and make simple improvements to save energy throughout the home."

The release adds that additional energy efficiency programmes for residential customers of FirstEnergy's Ohio utilities, including Home Energy Audits and incentives on HVAC equipment and upgrades, are expected in the coming months.

Customers can visit www.ohioenergykit.com or call 1-888-793-6768 to request a kit. Customers will need their utility account number to place their order.