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

For Immediate Release: August 2, 2002


NEW YORK - As high heat and humidity are expected to continue today and through the weekend, Con Edison reminds customers to reduce their use of electricity. Here are a few simple energy-saving steps that will help:

When using an air conditioner, set the thermostat at no lower than 78 degrees. Each degree lower increases cooling costs by 6 percent. Turn it off when you leave your home, and use a timer to pre-set it for 30 minutes before you return.

  • Keep the air conditioner’s filter clean to make it work more efficiently.
  • If you’re using only one room where your air conditioner is located, shut the door to that room. It helps to prevent cool air from escaping to unoccupied parts of your residence.
  • If possible, use a fan instead of an air conditioner in a well-ventilated area. Fans use 70 to 90 percent less electricity than air conditioners.
  • Turn off unused, non-essential appliances, including televisions and computers that are on “stand-by” mode. Even though they are not “on,” TVs and PCs still draw power.
  • Use the energy saver option on your dishwasher. Operate dishwashers, washing machines and dryers with full loads, early in the morning or late at night.
  • Close shades or blinds to prevent the sun from adding more heat to the room.
  • Apply reflective film to the insides of windows and glass doors. It can screen out about 75 percent of the sun’s rays.
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