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Con Edison Media Relations
May 29, 2012
12:30 p.m.

CON EDISON TO 'BUG' KIDS AT WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL

Power Bug Game Teaches Energy Efficiency

NEW YORK – Youngsters who visit the Con Edison booth at the 2012 World Science Festival Street Fair in Washington Square Park June 3 will have the opportunity to learn energy efficiency tips from the company’s Power Bug game.

Power BugThe game, designed by Con Edison as an app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, features a bug flitting through urban streets. Each time the player guides the bug into an incandescent bulb, the bulb changes to an energy-saving compact fluorescent. Youngsters who try their hand at the game while at “The Ultimate Science Street Fair” will see the animation on a large color monitor.

Here's a link to the game: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/power-bug/id409198629?mt=8.

Con Edison is a major sponsor of the Festival for a fifth straight year. The five-day Festival brings together top scientists, researchers, academics and business leaders from all over the world to discuss their ideas and teach the public about the importance of science. The Street Fair takes place on the Festival’s last day.

“The Festival does a wonderful job of educating people about the role science plays in improving our lives,” said Frances A. Resheske, senior vice president for Public Affairs at Con Edison. “We’re proud to once again be a major sponsor of this great event and to spread our energy efficiency message.”

The company’s booth will also feature a model of a steam power plant. The working model is equipped with a boiler that turns water to steam. The model’s moving parts show how steam pressure moves through the system. The generator powers a bulb.

Another attraction at the Con Edison booth will show how much energy it takes to power an energy-efficient bulb compared with a less-efficient bulb. The bulbs are hooked to a meter. Guests will see that the meter spins slower when the energy-efficient bulb is lit.

Con Edison will also bring its “Pedal-A-Watt” bicycle, which has been a hit at past festivals, to the 2012 event. The rear wheel powers a small generator that is connected to three bulbs. The rider can see that the rotation of the rear wheel creates electricity and lights the bulbs.

Con Edison encourages its customers to take advantage of its wide range of programs to save energy and cut their bills. For information on Con Edison’s programs go to www.coned.com/greenteam or call 1-877-870-6118.

Con Edison supports hundreds of nonprofit organizations in New York City and Westchester County to strengthen neighborhoods, sustain communities and improve lives. These philanthropic efforts support the arts, environment, and important educational initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Many of Con Edison’s 14,000 employees share a personal commitment to the region’s vitality through their own volunteer efforts and also choose to support education by utilizing the company’s matching gifts program. 

 


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