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Con Edison Media Relations
Contact: Brenda Pérez
Telephone: (212) 460-4111

For Immediate Release: December 9, 2004


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:

  • 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.
Energy efficiency tips:
  • 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.
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.

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

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