NEW YORK - Con Edison’s overall electric use peaked at 11,241 megawatts (MW) at 6 p.m. today, eclipsing the all-time Sunday record of 10,866 MW on August 14, 2005. The all-time peak record is 13,189 MW, which occurred on July 22, 2011 at 4 pm.
The company continued to urge customers to use energy wisely while keeping cool as New Yorkers in the city’s five boroughs and Westchester cope with sizzling heat and stifling humidity.
Con Edison offers the following money-saving conservation tips:
- Turn off air conditioners, lights and other appliances when not at home and use a timer to turn on your air conditioner about a half-hour before arriving home;
- Keep air conditioner filters clean for peak efficiency;
- Set thermostats no lower than 78 degrees. Each degree lower increases cooling costs by 6 percent;
- If you have a room air-conditioning unit, close off the rooms not being used; if you have central air, block the vents in unused or vacant rooms;
- To reduce heat and moisture in your home, run appliances such as ovens, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers in the early morning or late at night when it’s cooler outside. Cook with a microwave or barbecue outside, if possible;
- Keep shades, blinds and curtains closed. About 40 percent of unwanted heat comes through windows;
- Try using fans instead of air conditioners, but leave your windows open for ventilation. Fans use as little as one-tenth the energy as air conditioners.
Customers can report outages and check service restoration status by at www.conEd.com or by calling 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). When 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.
Also, download our new free iPhone and Android app, My conEdison, to report and check the status of a power problem, and view our interactive online outage map.