Con Edison Media Relations
CON EDISON: CONSERVE POWER, BE COOL & SAVE MONEY
ENERGY-SAVING IDEAS ON WEB SITE
Here are some ways to help you save electricity and money during the heat wave: Look around your home or apartment. If you see an appliance or electrical device with an “instant on” switch, unplug it to save electricity. Other energy-saving alternatives include shutting down your computer if you’re not using it. Set your air conditioner no lower than 78 degrees; each degree lower increases cooling costs by 6 percent.
Use a fan to keep cool; it’s only one-tenth the cost of an air conditioner. It’s also a good idea to leave a window open for ventilation when using a fan.
July’s electric usage of 6.25 million megawatts in New York City and Westchester County was fifth highest for a single month. The record of 6.64 million megawatts was set in August 2005.
In case of power problems, customers are urged to call 1-800-75-CONED promptly or contact the company on its Web site at www.conEd.com. The company’s home page also provides a link to a list of 100 energy-saving tips.
Other steps the company is recommending to stay cool include:
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