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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: July 24, 2011
10:00 a.m.


CON EDISON CREWS RESTORING
CUSTOMERS AFFECTED BY HEAT WAVE

NEW YORK – Con Edison crews will work through the night to restore power to approximately 7,700 customers affected by the brutal, three-day heat wave. The coCon Edison crews have restored electrical service to 81,000 of the 84,000 customers who lost power due to the brutal heat wave that began last Thursday.

Crews worked through the night making repairs to electric cables and will remain in the streets today until all customers have power. The goal is to restore all customers who lost power from the heat by 11 p.m.

Meanwhile, the company is distributing dry ice to customers near the most affected areas in Brooklyn and Queens.

Bags of ice are being distributed at:

  • Sheepshead Bay High School, at 3000 Avenue X in Brooklyn and,
  • Richmond Hill High School, at 89-30 114th Street in Queens.

Instructions for the safe handling and disposal of dry ice are printed on the paper bag containing the ice. Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide and should be used only in well-ventilated areas. Keep children and pets safely away.

As part of its effort to avoid further outages, Con Edison reduced voltage to some customers during the heat wave. All voltage reductions have been terminated.

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.

The company continues to urge customers to use energy wisely. Customers can save energy by making sure air conditioner filters are clean and setting thermostats no lower than 78 degrees. Each degree lower increases cooling costs by 6 percent.

For more energy-saving tips for homes and businesses, customers can go to  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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