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Con Edison Media Relations
June 21, 2012
5 p.m.


CON EDISON SAYS CONSERVATION STILL IMPORTANT DURING HEAT WAVE
Voltage Reduction Lifted in Several Neighborhoods

NEW YORK – As New Yorkers look forward to the end of the heat wave that marked the start of summer, Con Edison reminds customers that using electricity wisely will help keep service reliable and save them money.

The company has had crews working around the clock the last two days to respond to scattered outages, and voltage reduction has been lifted in many neighborhoods where crews have completed repairs to electrical equipment.

Customers can save energy and reduce their bills by:

  • 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. 
  • Accepting 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, and programming it instead 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.

The company has lifted the 5-percent voltage reduction it put in place in a number of Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods. The following neighborhoods remain in voltage reduction while crews make repairs on equipment and the company asks customers in these areas to limit their use of non-essential appliances:

  • Douglaston Manor, Douglaston, Little Neck, Bayside, Bay Terrace, Auburndale, College Point, Beechurst, Whitestone, Linden Hill, Murray Hill, and Queensborough Hill.
  • Broad Channel, South Ozone Park, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and Kew Gardens.
  • East New York, Cypress Hills, Highland Park, City Line and Starrett City.
  • Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Midwood, Flatbush, and East Flatbush.

Customers can report power interruptions or service problems, view service restoration information and the outage map online at www.conEd.com, as well as on their mobile devices. They also may call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633) promptly if they are experiencing any service difficultiesWhen reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power. Customers who report outages will be called by Con Edison with their estimated restoration times as they become available.

Con Edison will provide updates to customers both directly and through the media as the situation warrants. The company is in constant communication with the New York City Office of Emergency Management.


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