Con Edison Media Relations
Contact: Brenda Pérez
Telephone: (212) 460-4111
For Immediate Release: December 9, 2004
CON EDISON OFFERS SAFETY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
NEW YORK - Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Con Edison) joins customers in the holiday season spirit and offers them advice to keep their homes safe and energy-efficient. The company urges caution when installing electric ornaments and provides tips to use energy wisely during the winter.
Holiday safety tips:
Energy efficiency tips:
- Make sure that holiday lights carry the seal of approval of a recognized safety-testing laboratory, such as "UL" and "FM."
- Carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions and safety precautions when installing lights or assembling displays.
- Prior to re-using electric devices that you have kept in storage, inspect for worn or frayed areas, breaks or brittleness, particularly at the plugs and connections. Replace defective lights and cords.
- To avoid electric overloads, use extension cords sparingly; don't use a multi-armed plug to connect strings of lamps to a single household wiring circuit.
- Use only exterior-rated extension cords when connecting outdoor displays, including fixtures, cords and bulbs.
- Avoid running cords under rugs, through doorways, or near furniture where they may be stepped on, tripped over, frayed or broken.
- Do not place cords around or near metal pipes, appliances or anything that is damp or metallic.
- Disconnect electric cords before replacing burned out bulbs or making any adjustments.
- Do not turn on lighting or other electric displays or leave them on without the supervision of a responsible adult.
- Install or adjust outdoor electric displays only during dry weather and be certain the devices are turned off before they're installed.
The company reminds customers that they should never use stoves or ovens to heat their homes. They can cause a fire, or can reduce oxygen levels and produce deadly carbon monoxide gas fumes.
- Set your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees. Turn it down to 60 degrees when you go to bed.
- Caulk and weather-strip your home.
- Use natural light whenever possible.
- Open drapes and let the sunlight heat the room.
- Keep refrigerator coils clean.
- Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances.
- Use a concentrated light for tasks like reading or sewing.
- Use fluorescent rather than incandescent bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs are three to four times more energy efficient. If you prefer incandescent bulbs, try to use "energy-saver" bulbs.
- Use the energy-saving control on your dishwasher.
Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with $10 billion in annual revenues and $22 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than 3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York. For additional financial, operations and customer service information, visit Con Edison's Web site at www.coned.com.