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Con Edison Media Relations
Contact: Michael Clendenin
Telephone: (212) 460-4111

For Immediate Release: July 22, 2002


NEW YORK - With high temperatures and humidity expected to continue for the next several days, Con Edison is asking customers to conserve electricity wherever possible. In addition, the company is urging people from 14th Street south to Barclay Street, from Broadway west to West Street, and in Battery Park City to postpone the use of non-essential electrical appliances.

Con Edison advises customers to take the following energy-saving steps:

  • Set thermostats no lower than 78 degrees: each degree lower increases cooling costs by 6 percent.
  • Shut off your air conditioner when you go out and use a timer to turn it on about a half-hour before arriving home.
  • Make sure air conditioner filters are clean so the machines will run at peak efficiency.
  • In well-ventilated areas, use fans instead of air conditioners wherever possible. Fans use from 70 to 90 percent less energy than air conditioners.
  • Turn off lights and other appliances when you're not home.
  • Close shades or blinds to prevent the sun from adding more heat to the room.
For more energy saving information, please visit our website at

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