ComEd's Energy Force Ambassador educates developmentally disabled in Eckhart Park


Maureen Dillon, ComEd Energy Force Ambassador

ComEd's Energy Force Ambassador Maureen Dillon, conducted a training session in Eckhart Park, 1330 W. Chicago Ave., for members of Eckhart Park's Special Recreation Program, Friday afternoon, Dec. 13. 

ComEd’s Energy Force is the first and only program organized by a U.S. utility company designed specifically to help empower individuals with developmental disabilities to reduce their electricity use, save money and educate others to do the same. 

Dillon went through a series of multiple choice questions with her audience, educating them about how to save energy. She began with the question:

"When you leave a room and the lights are on, what should you do?

  • leave the lights on
  • turn the light off
  • hope someone else turns them off"

Dillon explains the surge protector that ComEd donated for distribution

To re-enforce the lesson, each student was given a laminated card with three energy saving tips on it.

The next lesson was about phantom energy use. The solution is to unplug unused electronics and chargers or use a power strip to power-off multiple devices. The lessons had all participants engaged .

ComEd is working with an increased number of partnerships in this second year of the program. Located throughout Northern Illinois, there are 10 non-profit organizations that work with individuals with developmental disabilities. They include: 

  • Access Living (Chicago)*
  • Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago
  • El Valor (Chicago)
  • GiGi’s Playhouse (Aurora)
  • Lambs Farm (Libertyville)
  • Misericordia (Chicago)
  • Neumann Family Services (Chicago)
  • Orchard Village (Skokie)*
  • Ray Graham Association (Lisle)*
  • Special Olympics Chicago 

*New agencies this year


These are the laminated energy cards


Energy strip

Each of these organizations nominates an individual to serve on ComEd's Energy Force. ComEd trains the nominees and staff, providing them with the tools and resources to create fun, interactive presentations that offer easy and simple energy-efficiency tips to their individual peers and larger audiences. 

This year, the program will increase its reach, expanding its opportunities to educate audiences beyond individuals with developmental disabilities. Each Energy Force team member is expected to conduct approximately ten outreach events in the twelve months. 

Dillon is the representative from Special Olympics Chicago.



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