Residents Celebrate Earth Day and Get Paid to Help the Environment As PECO Energy and State Organizations Offer Rebates to Local Residents Who Trade-In Gas-Powered Mowers & Tools

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from PECO Energy Company

    PHILADELPHIA, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning Saturday, area residents
 can trade in their old gasoline powered lawn mowers and receive a $75 rebate
 towards the purchase of a new electric lawn mower.  Homeowners can also
 receive a $20 rebate towards the replacement of a gasoline powered weed
 trimmer, garden edger, leaf blower or chainsaw with an electric tool.
     The first of two trade-in days will be held this Saturday, April 21 from
 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Upper Darby Home Depot.  The next trade-in day will be
 held Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Bensalem Home Depot.  The new
 electric lawn mowers may be purchased at any store.
     This year marks the fourth year PECO Energy has locally sponsored the
 Clean Mower Rebate program.  The program, which is aimed at cutting air
 pollutants that lead to summertime smog, is also sponsored by the Pennsylvania
 Resources Council (PRC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
 Protection (PADEP).
     Individuals interested in participating are asked to call the PRC at
 1-800-GO-TO-PRC (1-800-468-6772) to make a reservation.  Although walk-ins are
 welcome, the program is limited to the first 500 participants.
     Electric lawnmowers are quiet, inexpensive to operate (approximately
 $4 per season) and much cleaner.  The use of electric lawnmowers decreases the
 amount of hydrocarbon, nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide released into the
 environment.  Also, emissions from gasoline engines are absorbed in the summer
 sunlight to form ground-level ozone.  The young, elderly and those with
 respiratory problems are most at risk from unhealthy smog conditions.
     PECO Energy is a utility services firm that delivers electricity to
 1.5 million electric customers and natural gas to 425,000 customers in
 southeastern Pennsylvania.  PECO is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation
 (NYSE:   EXC), which was formed last year by the merger of PECO Energy and
 Unicom Corporation.  PECO and its sister utility, ComEd in the Chicago area,
 serve five million retail customers -- the largest customer base for any U.S.
 utility.  In 2000, PECO delivered 35.36 million megawatt hours of electricity
 and 96.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas.
 
                                  www.peco.com
 
     CONTACT:  Cathy Engel of PECO Energy, 215-841-4492, or 215-841-5555.
 
 

SOURCE PECO Energy Company
    PHILADELPHIA, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning Saturday, area residents
 can trade in their old gasoline powered lawn mowers and receive a $75 rebate
 towards the purchase of a new electric lawn mower.  Homeowners can also
 receive a $20 rebate towards the replacement of a gasoline powered weed
 trimmer, garden edger, leaf blower or chainsaw with an electric tool.
     The first of two trade-in days will be held this Saturday, April 21 from
 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Upper Darby Home Depot.  The next trade-in day will be
 held Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Bensalem Home Depot.  The new
 electric lawn mowers may be purchased at any store.
     This year marks the fourth year PECO Energy has locally sponsored the
 Clean Mower Rebate program.  The program, which is aimed at cutting air
 pollutants that lead to summertime smog, is also sponsored by the Pennsylvania
 Resources Council (PRC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
 Protection (PADEP).
     Individuals interested in participating are asked to call the PRC at
 1-800-GO-TO-PRC (1-800-468-6772) to make a reservation.  Although walk-ins are
 welcome, the program is limited to the first 500 participants.
     Electric lawnmowers are quiet, inexpensive to operate (approximately
 $4 per season) and much cleaner.  The use of electric lawnmowers decreases the
 amount of hydrocarbon, nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide released into the
 environment.  Also, emissions from gasoline engines are absorbed in the summer
 sunlight to form ground-level ozone.  The young, elderly and those with
 respiratory problems are most at risk from unhealthy smog conditions.
     PECO Energy is a utility services firm that delivers electricity to
 1.5 million electric customers and natural gas to 425,000 customers in
 southeastern Pennsylvania.  PECO is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation
 (NYSE:   EXC), which was formed last year by the merger of PECO Energy and
 Unicom Corporation.  PECO and its sister utility, ComEd in the Chicago area,
 serve five million retail customers -- the largest customer base for any U.S.
 utility.  In 2000, PECO delivered 35.36 million megawatt hours of electricity
 and 96.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas.
 
                                  www.peco.com
 
     CONTACT:  Cathy Engel of PECO Energy, 215-841-4492, or 215-841-5555.
 
 SOURCE  PECO Energy Company