Energy-Saving Ideas on Web Site
NEW YORK, NY, Jul 18, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- As 90-degree temperatures settle over the region this weekend and
early next week, Con Edison reminds customers to use energy wisely
and save on their bills. To conserve energy, the company recommends
that customers take the following steps:
-- Turn off air conditioners, lights and other appliances when not at
home and use a timer to turn on your air conditioner about a half-hour
before arriving home;
-- Set thermostats no lower than 78 degrees. Each degree lower increases
cooling costs by six percent;
-- If you have a room air-conditioning unit, close off the rooms not
being used; if you have central air, close or block the vents in unused or
-- To reduce heat and moisture in your apartment or home, run appliances
such as ovens, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers in the early
morning or late at night when it's generally cooler outside. Use a
microwave to cook, or barbecue outside, if possible;
-- Keep shades, blinds and curtains closed. About 40 percent of unwanted
heat comes through windows. Drawing blinds and curtains, which act as a
layer of insulation, can reduce heat in your apartment or home;
-- Use fans instead of air conditioners, but be sure to leave your
windows open for ventilation. Fans use as little as one-tenth the energy of
For more energy savings tips, or to learn about the company's free
programmable thermostat program, visit the Con Edison Web site at
www.coned.com or contact the company at 1-800-75-CONED.
Company crews are ready to respond to any power problems that may
occur. If customers lose power, they should call Con Edison's
toll-free customer service number 1-800-75-CON ED (1-800-752-6633),
or report it online at www.coned.com. They can also check on power
outages in their area by viewing the company's online outage maps.
Customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if
possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.
SOURCE: Con Edison Co. of NY, Inc.