Heat Continues To Bake The 'Apple'; Con Edison Reminder: Use Energy Wisely

Con Edison reminds its customers to use energy wisely as another oppressive day of high heat and humidity is forecasted for the region.

The sweltering weather and high demand for power has caused electrical problems in parts of Queens, where Con Edison has reduced voltage by 5 percent as a precaution to protect equipment and maintain service as repairs are made.Con Edison crews have worked through the sweatbox-like conditions to restore service to 23,376 customers in New York City and Westchester County since Friday. As of this morning, they are working to restore service to about 480 customers.

The energy company is still asking customers in parts of Queens to conserve energy while equipment repairs are underway.

The area includes Corona, Elmhurst, Fresh Meadows, Jamaica Estates, Oakland Gardens, Hollis Hills, Kew Gardens Hills, Pomonok and Hillcrest.

Con Edison has asked customers in these neighborhoods not to use energy-intensive appliances such as washers, dryers, microwaves and, if not needed for health or medical reasons, air conditioners, until the equipment problems are resolved.

The affected area is bounded by the Long Island Expressway on the north, the Grand Central Parkway on the south, the Cross Island Parkway on the east and Queens Boulevard on the west.

Using energy efficiently and wisely helps Con Edison’s efforts to keep the electric system running smoothly. Customers can help by following these energy-saving 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;
  • Make sure air conditioner filters are clean so the units will run at peak efficiency;
  • Set thermostats to the highest comfortable temperature. 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 un-used or vacant rooms;
  • To reduce heat and moisture in your apartment or home, run appliances such as ovens, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers in the early morning or late at night when it’s generally cooler outside. Use a microwave to cook, or barbecue outside, if possible;
  • Keep shades, blinds and curtains closed. About 40 percent of unwanted heat comes through windows. Simply drawing blinds and curtains, which act as a layer of insulation, can reduce heat in your apartment or home;
  • Try using fans instead of air conditioners, but be sure to leave your windows open for ventilation. Fans use as little as one-tenth the energy as air conditioners;

To learn more about Con Edison’s free programmable thermostat, visit www.conedsmartac.com.

Electric supplies are sufficient to meet the projected demand for electricity this week, and company crews are ready to respond to any outages that occur.

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.

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. 

Customers can follow Con Edison on Twitter or like us on Facebook for general outage updates, safety tips and storm preparation information.