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Contact: Michael Clendenin
Telephone: (212) 460-4111

For Immediate Release: August 13, 2002

CON EDISON URGES CUSTOMERS TO CONSERVE ENERGY

NEW YORK - With a forecast of hot and humid weather for the remainder of this week, Con Edison is strongly urging customers to reduce their use of electricity. The following simple energy-saving steps will help ease the high demand for electricity in New York City and Westchester County:

  • Turn the air conditioner off when you leave your home, and use a timer to pre-set it for 30 minutes before you return.
  • Use a fan instead of an air conditioner in a well-ventilated area. Fans use 70 to 90 percent less electricity than air conditioners.
  • When using an air conditioner, set the thermostat at no lower than 78 degrees. Each degree lower increases cooling costs by 6 percent.
  • 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.
  • Operate dishwashers, washing machines and dryers with full loads, very early in the morning or very late at night. Use the energy saver option on your dishwasher.
  • 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 www.coned.com.




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