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Con Edison Reminds Customers To Stay Warm - And Safe - In Weekend Cold

Con Edison reminds customers to place safety first as arctic cold and wind head toward New York this weekend. High wind gusts can knock tree limbs onto overhead power lines and bring them down. Con Edison cautions everyone not to go near downed wires because they may be live. Con Edison also reminds residents not to use their stove or oven as a heater, and not to plug too many wires into a power strip, especially when using a portable heater. Con Edison also offers the following tips on keeping your home warm while conserving energy:

  • Each degree over 68 can increase your energy usage by 3 percent. Lower your thermostat to 60 at night (and when you're away) and set it to 68 during the day.
  • A programmable thermostat can help save as much as 10 percent a year on heating bills by adjusting temperature settings while away from home or sleeping.
  • Reduce heat lost to exterior walls by placing reflectors between the radiator and the walls.
  • Allow heat to flow freely by keeping drapes and furniture away from radiators and baseboard heaters.
  • Reduce heat in unused rooms by closing doors and shutting warm air vents. Be careful not to cut off heat completely, or you run the risk of potentially freezing water pipes.
  • Open your curtains on sunny winter days, but close them at night to keep the heat ceiling fans to circulate warm air in winter; especially in rooms with high ceilings.
  • Have your heating system cleaned and inspected by a qualified contractor once a year.
  • Make sure your air ducts and heating vents are clean. That maximizes energy efficiency and may contribute to a longer operating life for your heating system.
  • If you have a hot water heating system, be sure to release any trapped air from your radiators. Neglecting to do so prevents the radiator from fully heating up and lowers your energy efficiency.
  • If your pipes run through unheated spaces be sure to wrap them with insulation. If your heating system runs on steam, be sure to use non-foam insulation (as foam insulation will melt).

To report a downed power wire, call 9-1-1 or 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633).

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

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $45 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York. For additional financial, operations and customer service information, visit us on the web at, for energy efficiency rebates and incentives at, and on Twitter and Facebook.