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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: July 30, 2006
3:45 p.m.


NEW YORK – Con Edison is urging its 3.2 million customers in New York City and Westchester County not to use any unnecessary electrical appliances and conserve energy during the current heat wave.

Con Edison is carefully monitoring its 129,000 miles of cables, 80,000 transformers and 57 substations to detect – then quickly repair -- any problem that may occur from the heat or high usage.

The company is expecting to set new records for electric delivery this week, topping the peak record of 13,059 megawatts set on July 27, 2005.  At the start of the summer, the company had forecasted a peak of 13,400 megawatts.

Throughout the heat wave, Con Edison will remain in contact with New York City Office of Emergency Management and Westchester County’s Office of Emergency Services.

Here are some practical energy saving tips to help customers conserve electricity and save on their bills during the heat wave:

  • Turn off air conditioners, lights and any appliance when not at home and use a timer to turn on your air conditioner about a half-hour before arriving home;
  • Make sure air conditioner filters are clean so the machines will run most efficiently;
  • Set air conditioning controls no lower than 78 degrees.  Each degree lower increases cooling costs by 6 percent;
  • If you have a room air-conditioning unit, close off the rooms not being used; if you have central air, block the vents in un-used or vacant rooms;
  • Also disconnect computers, printers, televisions and/or wide-screen TVs or  any electrical device with a “stand-by” feature, which turn on instantly, These devices draw power even when they are not turned on;
  • To reduce heat and moisture in your apartment or home, use ovens, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers in the early morning or late at night when it’s generally cooler outside. Use a microwave to cook, or barbecue outside, if possible;
  • Plan cooking, baking or other household activities that produce heat and humidity for the cooler times of day;
  • When the temperature outside is 95 degrees or more, change the refrigerator temperature to a high setting so it does not have to work as hard;
  • Keep shades, blinds and curtains closed.  About 40 percent of unwanted heat comes through windows. Simply drawing blinds and curtains, which act as a layer of insulation, can reduce heat in your apartment or home, and
  • Use fans instead of air conditioners, but be sure to leave your windows open for ventilation.  Fans use as little as one-tenth the energy as air conditioners.
  • Use a portable or ceiling fan to circulate the pre-cooled air in your air-conditioned home.

Electric supplies are sufficient to meet the projected demand for electricity this week, and company crews are ready to respond to any power outage that may occur.  If any customers do experience an outage, they should:

  • Contact the company by calling the 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-800-75-CONED.
  • Have your home telephone number and home address readily available.
  • Know that the Con Edison workforce will work around the clock to quickly restore power.

For more energy savings tips and general information, customers can visit the Con Edison website at or contact the company at 1-800-75-CONED. To learn more about Con Edison’s free programmable thermostat, call 1-866-521-8600 or visit


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