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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: April 22, 2009
1:15 p.m.

EARTH DAY, EVERY DAY

SAVE ENERGY, SAVE THE PLANET WITH SIMPLE STEPS

NEW YORK – Con Edison’s message to New Yorkers for Earth Day is simple:

Everyone, young and old, can make a difference. While it may require a little more effort, these steps can help the planet, and save money at the same time.

  • Always shut off all the lights when you leave a room. Even if you find yourself coming back a few seconds later and you have to turn the lights back on, you’re still saving energy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • For more energy-saving tips for homes and businesses — as well as links to information about renewable energy and green power — visit The Power of Green, at www.conEd.com/thepowerofgreen.

Con Edison is continuing to sponsor many environmental events throughout New York City and Westchester County related to Earth Day this month, including the distribution of free compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs in Prospect Park until 4 p.m. today 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 www.prospectparkzoo.com.

For Con Edison customers, replacing incandescent light bulbs with Energy Star-qualified CFLs can help the environment and save money. CFLs use about 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. *

Con Edison also is sponsoring many other events this month to raise awareness about environmental issues and help customers to use energy more efficiently:

  • Kingsborough Community College Eco-Festival – through April 24, at the MAC Rotunda, located at 2001Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. The event will feature keynote speakers, films, lectures, workshops, and other events and activities centered around environmental issues. http://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/eco-festival/
  • Greenbelt Conservancy – today, at 1 p.m. 200 Nevada Avenue on Staten Island. Educational programs such as Ecosystem Exploration, Pollution Investigations, and Global Warming. http://www.sigreenbelt.org/
  • Children’s Environmental Literacy Expo – April 23, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pace University, located at 861 Bedford Road in Pleasantville, Westchester County. The Expo invites students to envision their role in a “green-collar” world, exposing them to inspiring, real-world examples of sustainable success.  http://www.celfoundation.org/expo09/
  • Focus the Nation “Teach In” - April 23, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Alley Pond Environmental Center, located 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Douglaston, Queens. National ‘teach-in’ engaging millions of students and citizens with political leaders and decision makers about Global Warming Solutions.” http://www.alleypond.com/events.htm
  • The American Museum of Natural History Environmental luncheon – April 23, at 11:30 a.m. on Central Park West and 79th Street in Manhattan. Luncheon to focus on the current economic and environmental situation.  http://www.amnh.org/
  • “Planting Our Future” Intergenerational Arbor Day Event - April 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Von King Park Amphitheater, located at 670 Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn. A celebration of spring with community leaders and senior citizens joining area schoolchildren. Call 718-387-2116.
  • Green Panel Discussion – April 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Von King Park Eubie Blake Theater located 670 Lafayette Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The panel of federal, state, and city political leaders moderated by David Mark Greaves, Chair, Magnolia Tree Earth Center and James Durrah, Neighborhood Housing Services. Call 917-860-8363.
  • Earth Day New York – April 24, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., & April 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Vanderbilt Avenue near Grand Central Terminal. Con Edison will display the company’s all-electric field inspection vehicle, and distribute information on energy conservation methods at EarthFair 2009. http://www.earthdayny.org/.
  • Staten Island Zoo Earth Fair – April 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 614 Broadway on Staten Island. This day long event will be a place for the community to learn earth-saving ideas and participate in activities that support the Zoo's objectives.  http://www.statenislandzoo.org/earth_fair09.asp
  • GetGreen South Bronx Earth Fest - April 25, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Mary's Park, located on St. Ann's Avenue and 146th Street in the Bronx. Enjoy food and entertainment including a "Music Gets Me Green" song contest, dance performances by SoBro Student Dance and the Oscar-nominated Impact Repertory Theater of Harlem, and free boat rides with rocking the Boat on the Bronx River. http://www.nylcv.org/events/getgreen_south_bronx_earth_fest
  • Hattie Carthan Community Garden Planning Workshop – April 25, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Lafayette Avenue and Marcy Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Garden planning workshop facilitated by City Farms trainer Yonnette Fleming. Call 718-638-3566.
  • Eco-Environmental Family Day and Respect-4-Nature Poetry Slam – April 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Von King Park, 670 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn. This day-long family event will include learning and fun activities for families and children. Call 917-860-8363
  • 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.

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 $14 billion in annual revenues and $33 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.

* http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=cfls.pr_cfls

 

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