Con Edison Crews Restore Almost 14,000 After Storm & Sizzle

About 360 Con Edison customers remain out of electric service as of 5 o’clock this morning after sizzling weather and a thunderous rainstorm yesterday afternoon combined to result in outages affecting over 14,000 customers.

The big splash did little to reduce the pattern of 90-plus degree temperatures during six consecutive days of egg-frying weather.

Forecasters are still predicting some extremely hot days ahead. Here are some tips to help stay cool and to conserve energy where possible:

  • Set your AC to the highest comfortable temperature. Every degree you lower the thermostat drives up your bill by 6 percent
  • 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
  • When the AC is running, close doors to keep cool air in and hot air out
  • Keep shades, blinds and curtains closed. About 40 percent of unwanted heat comes through windows
  • Turn off AC units, lights and other appliances when not at home and use a timer or smart technology to turn on your air conditioner about a half-hour before arriving home
  • Keep AC filters clean
  • Replace old appliances with new energy efficient Energy Star appliances
  • Con Edison offers a variety of energy-efficiency programs for this summer. The Smart AC Program connects customers with smart technology to control their room air conditioners from their computer or mobile device.

Learn more by visiting: www.conedsmartac.com

Replacing an old air conditioner with a new ENERGY STAR unit can reduce energy usage by 30 percent. Con Edison will pay a $30 rebate to customers who buy a new ENERGY STAR air conditioner.

Customers can report outages and check service restoration status 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.

Stay on top of outages and power problems by signing up for text notifications. To sign up for text alerts, go to: http://coned.com/mobileapp/

Also, download Con Edison’s new free iPhone and Android app, My conEdison, to report and check the status of a power problem, and view the company’s interactive online outage map.