An American utility based in Chicago (pictured) claims to have organised the nation’s first scheme for people with disabilities.
Beginning in homes for assisted living in Illinois, the programme will see adults with learning difficulties learn from and teach others how to save energy and money.
Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd), which serves around 70% of the state’s population, is partnering with eight non-profit organizations throughout Chicago that work with people with developmental disabilities.
Each of these has put forward an ambassador to be trained in creating fun, interactive demonstrations that provide easy and simple energy-efficiency tips to a larger audience, said ComEd.
Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO for ComEd said: “Ensuring that all our customers have the tools to manage their energy use and save money is a priority. What better way to do that than equipping individuals to teach their peers?”
Senator William Delgado, chair of the Senate Public Health Committee added: “Our hope is for this to grow into a sustainable programme that will bring value and improve the lives of thousands of Illinois residents.”