ComEd unveils energy management games


Jennifer Montague,
Director of Marketing,
Chicago, IL, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 18, 2012 – ComEd has launched four new interactive digital games to entertain and teach consumers how to manage their energy use and save money, as well as demonstrate the work involved in modernizing the electric grid.

The four games, called “Energy Efficiency 101,” “Fast Fridge,” “Smart Home,” and “Power On!” are playable through and ComEd’s Facebook page, and select games will be available on Android tablets and Apple’s iPad.

In Energy 101, players are faced with a timed, multiple choice quiz that poses questions about programmable thermostats, energy efficient appliances, compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and other efficiency related topics, while providing them with energy saving tips that can be implemented at home to manage energy use.

Fast Fridge tests players’ memory skills by challenging them to remove specific items from an open refrigerator before all the cold air can escape. The Smart Home game displays common household appliances and teaches players about the energy required to power such devices, rewarding players for turning off higher wattage items before they disappear, while also managing their family’s comfort level through a visible happiness meter.
The Power On! game lets players manage teams of utility workers making equipment upgrades to an electric grid to understand how new technologies improve the service the neighborhood receives as they work to build the new smart grid. This game helps customers see the work that is being done to upgrade the current electric system.

“The new games are a great preview for what’s possible with the new smart grid technology and the smart home, as well as teaching players about existing ways to save energy and money,” said Jennifer Montague, director of marketing for ComEd. “They were designed to be fun for players, but also to teach them about the amount of energy required to power their appliances and how new technology will allow them to better manage their electricity usage.”

These new games are the first in a series of eight game releases. Additional games will be released in October, November, December and January 2013.

ComEd plans to install approximately four million new smart meters across its service territory over the next ten years.