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  • Future Business Leader Of Bucks County
  • PECO Completes Projects in Preparation for Summer 2014
  • RideECO: Savings, Everywhere You Turn


Future Business Leader Of Bucks County

Rick Battaglia, Chief Retail Division Officer, Bucks County Bank ; April Watson; Jean Holmes, Development Manager, BCCC Foundation and Alumni RelationsRick Battaglia, Chief Retail Division Officer, Bucks County Bank ; April Watson; Jean Holmes, Development Manager, BCCC Foundation and Alumni RelationsRick Battaglia, Chief Retail Division Officer, presents April Watson of Levittown with a check representing the Future Business Leader Scholarship that she was awarded. “Bucks County Bank is pleased to have helped April achieve her educational goals,” said Battaglia. “We are proud to have been part of her success here at Bucks County Community College and we wish her the best in her continuing education.”

April, whose major is Business Administration, was chosen as the scholarship recipient because of her high GPA and her commitment and dedication to continuing her education after BCCC. She will be graduating in May 2014 and heading to Strayer University in the Fall.


PECO Completes Projects in Preparation for Summer 2014

Summer is just around the corner and PECO is ready. PECO has invested nearly $18 million and completed more than 33 projects this year to ensure safe and reliable service to keep homes and businesses cool during the hot summer months. This work includes substation equipment upgrades, new transmission wire and pole installations and circuit and equipment inspections.

“Our customers depend on us to provide safe and reliable service every day regardless of the conditions,” said Mike Innocenzo, PECO senior vice president and COO. “The work that we have completed in advance of the summer months will help us keep the lights on for our customers and keep them comfortable through the summer heat.” 

PECO also conducts emergency response drills and performs maintenance and testing of various computer and emergency support systems as part of the company’s summer preparedness program. Employees from across the company, including those who work in the field and those who provide office support, review emergency processes and procedures to help ensure safe and efficient response to storms or emergencies that could potentially impact service to customers.

PECO reminds customers that higher temperatures can also lead to higher energy bills. PECO customers can save energy and money this summer by following a few simple tips.

Turn it off: Turn off all unnecessary lighting and devices.

  • Manage your thermostat: Keep thermostats at a constant, comfortable level when at home. Raise the thermostat setting for days of extreme heat to save even more. Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust your home’s temperature settings when you’re away or sleeping. 
  • Keep shades, blinds and curtains closed: About 40 percent of unwanted heat comes through windows. Simply drawing blinds and curtains, which act as a layer of insulation, can reduce heat gain to your home.
  • Use ceiling fans to circulate air: For those without any air conditioning, use ceiling fans or portable fans operating with the windows partially open to circulate fresh air into your home. For those with air conditioning, fans can be used to evenly distribute cool air.
  • Use appliances wisely: During summer months, run appliances that produce heat (clothes dryers and dishwashers) at night when it is cooler. 
  • Customers can save even more with PECO Smart Ideas, the company’s full suite of energy efficiency programs to help residential, business, government and non-profit customers save energy and money. For more ways on how to save energy, visit www.peco.com/smartideas.

Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC).  PECO serves 1.6 million electric and more than 500,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region.  PECO delivered 85.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2013. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region’s most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations.

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RideECO: Savings, Everywhere You Turn

You may have heard of the RideECO program, and if you have employees who take transit or vanpools to work—or could—you’ll want to offer RideECO.

RideECO is a transit benefit program administered by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) that allows employers and commuters to save money through putting pre-tax dollars toward fares on public transportation. Commuters can currently save over $500 per year, and employers can also save over $100 in reduced FICA taxes for each participating employee.

There are two flexible options:

RideECO is perfect for smaller companies and organizations with employees who all work from one location. A bulk supply of vouchers is delivered to the office for distribution to participants. 

RideECO Select is the easiest way for employers to administer the RideECO program. Enrollment, ordering, and reporting can be done online, making it ideal for larger companies, or those with multiple locations. A wider variety of products are available – like the RideECO stored value card – and materials are mailed directly to employee homes.

RideECO is accepted by all major transit agencies in our region, as well as Amtrak and most central Pennsylvania transit agencies. In addition, commuters may use RideECO for vanpool providers, like vRide. RideECO is the only locally-based and non-profit program in the region.

Employers can speak with a RideECO specialist by calling 215-592-1800 or emailing .  Information is also available at www.RideECO.org. 

Not sure if your employees take transit or are aware of commute alternatives (like carpooling and van-pooling)? Connect with TMA Bucks at www.tmabucks.com or 215-244-9084.