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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: February 3, 2011
4:00 pm

OLD MAN WINTER LEADS TO HIGH GAS DEMAND, CON EDISON RESPONDS WITH A NEW RECORD

NEW YORK - Con Edison’s residential and business customers needed a record amount of natural gas to get through a cold, snowy January and the company delivered.

The company delivered 25.14 million dekatherms of gas to its distribution customers last month. That broke the company’s old record of 23.86 million dekatherms in January 2009.

December 2010 ranks third on the all-time Con Edison list. The company delivered 23.76 million dekatherms that month.

In addition, counting the delivery of natural gas to electric and steam generation facilities, Con Edison set monthly, daily and hourly records in January. The monthly delivery was 36.77 million dekatherms. The company set the daily record on Jan. 13 by delivering 1.34 million dekatherms and the hourly record at 8 a.m. Jan. 10 with the delivery of 66,431 dekatherms.

To make your home or business more energy efficient, call Con Edison’s “Green Team” at 1-877-870-6118 or visit www.conEd.com/energyefficiency.

Customers can also follow these simple tips to save energy and money without sacrificing comfort:

  • Replace your furnace's air filter before the heating season begins. A dirty filter will reduce air flow, which makes the system work harder to deliver air to the registers.
  • Make sure furniture or drapes are not blocking the hot air flow from registers or the heat from radiators.
  • If your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old, consider replacing it with new, energy efficient equipment to help save energy.
  • Turn down your thermostat when you're asleep or away. A programmable thermostat with temperature and time settings can save on energy costs.
  • To save on hot water, set the hot water temperature at the "normal" setting - no higher than 120 degrees F. This can cut water heating costs by 10 percent. Wrapping your water heater with insulation can save even more on water heating costs.
  • Place insulation on the hot water pipe that carries the heated water from the water heater - especially in cold basements or closet.
  • Close doors and isolate unused rooms in your home to reduce the overall space heated.
  • Use caulking and weather stripping around doors and windows to prevent heat from escaping and cold air from entering.

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 $35 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York. For additional financial, operations and customer service information, visit us on the Web at www.conEd.com, at our green site, www.coned.com/thepowerofgreen, or find us on Facebook at Power of Green.


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