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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: July 23, 2011
5:00 p.m.

Heat Update

CON EDISON CREWS WORK ON POWER RESTORATIONS
AS HEAT WAVE CONTINUES

All-time Electric Usage for Saturday

NEW YORK – Con Edison crews pressed on today through the third day of a scorching heat wave, restoring approximately 58,200 customers out of 68,000 who had lost electric service since Thursday.  As of 5 p.m. today, crews were working to restore approximately 9,800 customers without power.

The company also posted a new peak electric usage record for a Saturday.  Today’s peak reached 11,533 megawatts (MW) at 3 p.m., breaking the previous weekend-high mark 11,209 MW set on Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 5 p.m.

The company continued to urge customers to use energy wisely as New Yorkers in the city’s five boroughs and Westchester cope with sizzling heat and stifling humidity.

Con Edison crews are working around the clock to restore customers impacted by scattered power outages in New York City and Westchester County. The company has additional crews and support personnel coming from upstate New York to assist in the restoration efforts.

Con Edison reminds customers to report power interruptions or service problems online at www.conEd.com , and on their cell phones and PDAs. They also may call 1-800-75CONED promptly if they are experiencing any service difficulties.

Customers can save energy and money by taking simple steps, including:

  • Making sure air conditioner filters are clean for peak efficiency.
  • Setting thermostats no lower than 78 degrees. Each degree lower increases cooling costs by 6 percent.
  • Closing off the rooms not being used if you have a room air-conditioner. If you have central air, block the vents in unused or vacant rooms.
  • Turning off lights and other appliances, using a timer to turn them on as necessary.
  • Running appliances such as ovens, washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers in the early morning or late at night when it’s generally cooler. Another alternative: Using a microwave to cook, or a barbecue outside, if possible.
  • CLOSING THE DOOR. Don’t let your air conditioning fly out the door. Storeowners who leave doors open with the A/C running could be subject to fines from the city.
  • Taking Con Edison’s offer of a free programmable thermostat if you have central air conditioning. Program the thermostat manually or from the Internet. Turning off your air conditioner when you’re not there beats leaving it on all the time. Programming it to turn on before you return is a wise way to save on summer electric bills. To learn more about Con Edison’s free programmable thermostat, call 1-866-521-8600 or visit www.conEd.com/cool .

Customers can also find energy-saving tips for homes and businesses at www.conEd.com/thepowerofgreen . The site links to other information about renewable energy and green power.

Con Edison continues to offer a host of energy-savings programs for homes and businesses. Customers can take steps to reduce energy usage this summer with rebates and incentives now available for energy-efficient appliances and cooling systems in their homes and businesses. To learn more or enroll, go to www.coned.com/greenteam  or call 1-877-870-6118.

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