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Con Edison Media Relations
June 21, 2012
11:15 p.m.


CON EDISON REDUCES VOLTAGE IN BROOKLYN AND QUEENS COMMUNITIES

NEW YORK – Con Edison has reduced voltage in several Brooklyn and Queens communities due to problems on electrical equipment. These neighborhoods include: 

  • Windsor Terrace, Kensington, Borough Park, Flatbush, Bensonhurst, and Dyker Heights.
  • Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Midwood, Flatbush, and East Flatbush.
  • 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.

The company has asked customers in these neighborhoods not to use appliances such as washers, dryers, air conditioners and other energy-intensive equipment and to turn off lights and televisions when not needed until the equipment problems are resolved.

The company also has dispatched a community outreach van to Borough Park. It is based at 50th Street between 14th and 15th Avenues.

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.

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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