Con Edison Media Relations
COLD WEATHER COMING, BE PREPARED
Heating Bills Expected to be Lower this Season
NEW YORK – Temperatures continue to drop this week, a seasonal reminder to New Yorkers that cold weather is just around the corner. Lower natural gas prices will mean lower heating bills for customers this winter; however, Con Edison continues to urge customers to adopt energy-saving and safety tips.
Con Edison has obtained adequate natural gas supplies for the company’s 1.1 million gas customers, approximately 263,000 of whom use gas for home heating in Manhattan, the Bronx, Westchester County, and parts of Queens.
While a drop in natural gas prices should result in home heating bills being about 12 percent lower this winter than last, the company is urging customers to insulate their homes and use energy wisely. A customer who paid an average of $453 per month last winter can expect to pay about $399 per month during the upcoming winter heating months of November through March.
“We are seeing lower natural gas prices than last year, but customers should prepare now by insulating their homes and learning to use natural gas more efficiently,” said Claude Trahan, senior vice president of Gas Operations at Con Edison.
Customers are encouraged to visit Con Edison’s Web site at www.conEd.com/thepowerofgreen, and follow these energy-saving tips this winter:
The company is also offering customers advice on how to keep their homes safe during the cold weather. Here are some tips that can contribute to a safe, accident-free environment:
Con Edison's Level Payment Plan helps customers to even out energy costs over the entire year. In addition, HEAP (Home Energy Assistant Program) grants are available for qualified New York state residents, and EnergyShare funds are available for qualified needy families.
The company also provides consumers information about the opportunity to comparison shop for an alternate energy supplier
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 $34 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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