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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: August 7, 2007
3:53 p.m.



NEW YORK – This week’s heat wave follows electric use last week that was among the highest ever, according to Con Edison.  The company has additional crews ready to respond to any equipment problems that may occur from the hot summer weather, and continues to urge customers to conserve electricity.

New Yorkers’ peak energy use last Thursday and last Saturday made Con Edison’s Top 10 list for energy consumption, and the 405,185 megawatt hours consumed on Saturday and Sunday rank as the fourth-highest in the utility’s service area for a weekend.

Saturday’s peak load of 10,437 megawatts at 3 p.m. was second-highest for Saturday usage; Thursday’s top figure of 12,414 megawatts at 5 p.m. reached ninth for single-day peak usage.   

Among the different cost-saving suggestions for consumers are unplugging electrical devices with an “instant on” switch, or shutting down computers not in use.

Using a fan to keep cool also is a good energy-saving alternative; it uses only one-tenth the electricity that an air conditioner consumes.  Be sure to leave a window open for ventilation when using a fan. 

July’s electric usage of 6.25 million megawatt hours in New York City and Westchester County was fifth highest for a single month. The record of 6.64 million megawatt hours 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  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:

  • Making sure air-conditioner filters are clean for peak efficiency;
  • Closing doors to unutilized areas if you have a room air-conditioner;
  • Operating appliances such as ovens, washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers in the early morning or late at night when it’s generally cooler. Another alternative: Using a microwave to cook, or a barbecue outside, if possible. Never barbecue indoors;
  • Accepting Con Edison’s offer of an energy-saving, free programmable thermostat if you have central air conditioning. Program the thermostat manually or from the Internet to turn on before you return home. To learn more about Con Edison’s free programmable thermostat, call 1-866-521-8600 or visit


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