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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release:
April 18, 2008
9:30 a.m.

EARTH DAY, EVERY DAY

Cool Lights To Brighten Earth Day

NEW YORK – For Con Edison customers, celebrating Earth Day is as simple as changing a light bulb.

This month, Con Edison will work to renew its commitment to the environment by distributing free compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs at environmental events in Brooklyn and Harlem, sponsoring green events throughout New York City, and urging customers to “think green.”

For Con Edison customers, replacing incandescent light bulbs with CFLs can help the environment and save money. CFLs use less than 25 percent of the electricity standard bulbs use and last 10 times longer. To promote the use of CFLs, Con Edison will help distribute free CFLs at two events this weekend:

  • Saturday, April 19 & Sunday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society. Families can play wildlife games and enjoy other kid-friendly activities. To learn more about the Prospect Park Zoo visit http://nyzoosandaquarium.com/czabout.
  • Saturday, April 19, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Harlem’s Green Festival at the Plaza – Harlem State Office Building, at 163 West 125th Street. To learn more about Earth Day in Harlem visit http://www.weact.org/.

The company will also sponsor other events throughout New York City to raise awareness about environmental issues and help educate customers on how to use energy more efficiently:

  • Earth Day New York – Con Edison will display the company’s all-electric field inspection vehicle, and distribute information on energy conservation methods at EarthFair 2008 on Friday, April 18, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Vanderbilt Avenue, near Grand Central Terminal in midtown Manhattan. To find out more information about EarthFair 2008, visit http://www.earthdayny.org/.
  • 2008 NYC Grows Garden Festival - a partnership with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and the National Gardening Association.  Con Edison volunteers will distribute information on energy conservation methods at the 2008 NYC Grows Garden Festival on Sunday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Union Square Park. To find out more about this event, visit http://www.nationalgardenmonth.org/index.php?page=nyc_grows.
  • Lightcongress 2008 - a technical meeting on April 22 at the Hotel Affinia that attracts lighting experts from around the world to discuss scientific, social and environmental issues of lighting. Con Edison lighting specialist Peter Jacobson will be discussing the "utility challenge" of lighting, which can account for 20 percent of a homeowner's electric bill. For more information on how to register for the Lightcongress 2008 visit http://www.lightcongress.com.
  • Go Green Expo - featuring the latest eco-friendly products and services to help New Yorkers lead a “greener” life on April 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the New York Hilton located at 1335 Avenue of the Americas. To find out more about this event, visit http://www.gogreenexpo.com/.
  • The Daffodil Project - a partnership with New Yorkers for Parks, will plant daffodils throughout neglected parks and open spaces citywide. To find out how you can become involved with the Daffodil Project visit http://www.ny4p.org.
  • Carroll Gardens Earth Day Fair - Con Edison employees will distribute information on energy conservation methods on April 18, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at PS 58 in Brooklyn, 330 Smith Street, Carroll Gardens. For more information call Anne-Laure Fayard, Polytechnic University at (718) 260-4080.

For Earth Day this year, and to help the planet every day, there are a number of simple things New Yorkers can do to help the environment. The following are some easy suggestions:

  • Pay your Con Edison bill online, and help plant trees by registering for the e*bill program. Visit www.conEd.com/ebill to learn how to enroll.
  • Choose ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances, which use 10 to 50 percent less electricity than standard models. A list of ENERGY STAR products is available at http://www.energystar.gov.
  • Shut off all the lights when you leave a room.
  • Turn off your monitor when you leave your computer for more than 20 minutes. Screen savers use electricity.
  • When not in use, unplug appliances and equipment including TVs, cable boxes, computers and monitors. Turning computers on and off daily will not damage them.

Con Edison’s involvement on Earth Day is part of the company’s comprehensive environmental initiatives through EnergyNY, the company's plan to meet the future energy needs of its customers through infrastructure upgrades and energy efficiency programs. EnergyNY can be viewed at www.conEd.com/energyny.

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $28 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.

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