CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ComEd has a unique stocking stuffer that could help make the holiday season a little brighter for your loved ones. The company will offer gift certificates this season that can be used to help a friend or family member pay their electric bill.
Beginning Nov. 15, ComEd gift certificates in denominations of $10, $25, $50 and $100 can be purchased online, by phone and at participating community banks (listed below).
Gift certificates and gift cards are at the top of adults' holiday wish lists for the third year in a row, according to this year's National Retail Federation's Consumer Intentions & Actions® Survey.
"Consumers are looking for gifts that serve practical, everyday purposes and ComEd gift certificates offer simple ways to spread holiday cheer," said Val Jensen, vice president of marketing and environmental programs, ComEd. "It is a great way to help someone in need manage their energy bills during these tough economic times."
ComEd's gift certificates can be redeemed by sending them through the mail along with an individual's electricity bill. There are no expiration dates or dormancy fees associated with the certificates, which can be redeemed at any time. Nominal processing fees will be charged at the time of purchase.
As the sluggish economy continues, and consumers spend more time looking for the best deals, ComEd encourages customers to keep energy efficiency in mind when shopping on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the "day-after" sales during the holidays. For example:
- Look for ENERGY STAR®-certified electronics, to conserve energy and save money throughout the life of the product. ENERGY STAR® televisions and laptops use up to 50 percent less energy than standard models and use less energy while in standby mode.
- Consider giving a laptop computer instead a desktop computer. Laptops typically consume up to 50 percent less power than desktop computers.
- Consider solar-powered or ENERGY STAR®-qualified chargers for cell phones, MP3 players or battery-run power tools.
- Replace traditional holiday lights with LED lights, which only consume about 10 percent of their incandescent equivalents and can last seven times longer.
- Plug into extra savings by including a power strip with your electronic gifts. Cutting power to the strip ensures all plugged-in appliances don't draw energy while they are not in use.
ComEd gift certificates are available for purchase online at comed.com/gift, by phone at 888-784-5262, or at the following locations:
Aztec America Bank
2136 South Oak Park Avenue
Berwyn, Ill. 60402
Phone (708) 637-9100
Aztec America Bank
4322 Ashland Avenue
Chicago, Ill. 60609
Phone (773) 346-0380
Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE : EXC ), one of the nation's largest electric utilities with approximately 5.4 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.8 million customers across Northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state's population.