Our EnergyNY plan steers our efforts to provide world-class service to our customers through three core tenets: efficiency programs, smart capital spending, and environmental responsibility. In short, EnergyNY will continue to serve as our road map for keeping our region energized.Efficiency: A Company Mainstay
Con Edison has a long and proven commitment to helping customers use less energy through efficiency measures - a cornerstone of EnergyNY. In the coming years, energy efficiency will be an even greater part of our business model. Customers are benefitting by spending less on energy. Altogether, we expect our portfolio of offerings to save 400 megawatts of electricity over the next six years.
We have a variety of programs that give residential, small business, and commercial and industrial customers tools and incentives they can use to better manage their energy use.
We are offering homeowners cash rebates for upgrading to high efficiency air conditioners, heating systems, boilers, water heaters, Energy Star thermostats, and duct sealing. For small businesses, we are providing free energy audits and giving substantial rebates to those that make major upgrades. During the audits, we install free compact-fluorescent lights and water-heater thermostats.
We also have an efficiency program for apartments, condos, and co-ops; owners and renters receive incentives to replace or upgrade refrigerators and window air conditioners. We perform free surveys to evaluate individual units and common areas for lighting and cooling upgrades.
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In 2009, we replaced all the lighting at ABC Carpet's 350,000 square feet of retail space in Union Square, helping them reduce their energy use by about 2.5 million kilowatt-hours a year. The improvements save ABC Carpet money and eliminate the need for an expensive new electric transformer in the neighborhood. New York University is benefitting from lighting and air-conditioning systems upgrades at 18 facilities, saving the university nearly 1 million kilowatt-hours annually.
Our efforts to educate customers about the benefits of conservation and energy efficiency are having a positive impact. The company's Power of Green campaign continues to inform people in our region and beyond about conserving energy. Our Power of Green Web pages are among our most popular Web destinations, educating nearly 100,000 visitors last year. The site features new video clips of workers sharing energy-saving ideas. A new mobile version of our Web site makes it easier for customers to use cell phones to find green news. Con Edison now has its own Power of Green Facebook page, which is promoted through Web-based educational campaigns, bill envelopes, press releases, and customer e-mails.
We will continue to build on the successes of our energy-efficiency offerings and align ourselves with city and state goals to reduce energy use and carbon emissions.