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Contact: D. Joy Faber
Telephone: (212) 460-4111

For Immediate Release: August 6, 2001

CON EDISON REMINDS CUSTOMERS TO USE ENERGY WISELY

NEW YORK - With high temperatures and humidity forecast over the next few days, Con Edison is asking customers to take some simple steps to reduce their use of electricity.

Con Edison reminds customers to take some simple steps to reduce their use of electricity, particularly during high demand periods:

  • Make sure air conditioner filters are clean so the machines will run at peak efficiency.
  • When buying a new air conditioner, look for the Energy Star® label to ensure the unit is energy-efficient. Adjust the air conditioner temperature control so that the room gets no cooler than 78 degrees. A 75-degree setting costs 18 percent more. A 72-degree setting costs 39 percent more.
  • Use fans instead of air conditioners. Fans use from 70 to 90 percent less energy than air conditioners.
  • Remember to shut off computers, VCRs and CD players. When they are in the “on” mode they use energy even if you are not using them.
  • Also, turn off any non-critical printers, monitors and copiers.

Close shades or blinds to prevent the sun from adding more heat to the room.




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