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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: June 15, 2011
10:30 a.m.

CON EDISON CONNECTS HOMEOWNERS WITH ENERGY SAVINGS

Queens Boro President Joins Green Team At Home Energy Survey

NEW YORK – With the summer season quickly heating up, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall joined Con Edison’s Green Team today at a Queens Village home to conduct an energy survey that will help the homeowner reduce costs and improve energy efficiency. Over 1,500 New Yorkers have signed up for the low-cost survey.

The Green Team, which includes experts from Honeywell, performs onsite visits and visual walkthroughs of homes, evaluating the lighting, heating and cooling equipment, and appliances, for potential areas of improvement. The program is open to residential customers who live in one-to-four family homes in New York City and Westchester County.

Ramesh Ganeshan of Queens Village, N.Y., is among the latest homeowners to benefit from the program, which Con Edison offers to its customers for only $50.  Similar surveys can cost up to $300. 

The company sent a Green Team member to Ganeshan’s home to perform an assessment, where the specialist identified opportunities for efficiency improvements. The specialist also installed compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and a smart power strip — all part of the $50 investment. In addition, the team identified opportunities for other energy-efficiency upgrades, along with potential rebates from Con Edison that could total up to $1,000.

“I take great pride in my home and keeping it up to date, but I didn’t realize how many efficiency opportunities there were until I saw the Green Team’s suggestions,” Ganeshan said. “This experience revealed not just the simple energy-saving measures, like installing CFL bulbs, but it also opened my eyes to the other utility programs I could and should take advantage of.”

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall said, “I urge everyone contact the Green Team to find out which program is right for them. This energy-saving program can reduce homeowner bills, provide greater energy-efficiency and help our city to become greener.  Thanks to Con Edison and Honeywell, an energy audit can result in expert advice on how to reduce energy costs.”

“Energy efficiency is a straightforward concept, but knowing what initiatives are right for a specific family or home can sometimes be a challenge,” said Cristina Coltro, Con Edison program manager. “As we head into the summer season, when homeowners typically use the most electricity, the Home Energy Survey is a simple and effective way to uncover energy-saving opportunities.”

“There are a variety of low-cost changes that pay significant dividends, but they are not always the obvious improvements,” said John Augustino, energy-efficiency program manager for Honeywell Utility Solutions. “Honeywell helps keep more than 150 million homes efficient and comfortable. And we bring that expertise and experience to each of the Con Edison customers we work with.”

Con Edison has an energy efficiency program available for almost everyone. For more information, visit www.conEd.com/greenteam , or call Con Edison’s “Green Team” at 1-877-870-6118.  

Con Edison provides electric, gas and steam service to more than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York. The global Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has ranked Consolidated Edison, Inc. #1 among all S&P 500 companies in its 2010 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index, as well as # 1 among utilities in the CDP’s new Carbon Performance Leadership Index. Consolidated Edison, Inc. also has been recognized for its environmental performance by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and other organizations.

For additional 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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