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Valentine’s Day Energy Message

From The Original #POWERcouple

NEW YORK – Con Edison and the original “power” couple, Thomas and Mina Edison, extend energy savings greetings to New Yorkers this Valentine’s Day.

The energy company will release images of Mr. and Mrs. Edison from its photo archives using the hash-tag #POWERcouple to share the couple’s history and offer modern day energy savings tips.

While Tom and Mina were courting, he taught her Morse code so that they could chat without others knowing. Mr. Edison even claimed that’s how he proposed and how Mina responded, “Yes.”

The Edisons were married for 45 years, from 1886 when Mina was 20 years old and Edison was 39, until his death in 1931.  The couple had three children.

The worlds of electronics, and the use of technology, have changed dramatically since Edison invented a long-lasting electric light bulb. Here are some modern day energy tips to help you and your loved ones save.

Valentine’s Day Energy Savings Tips:

With a little energy ingenuity, you could save enough on your utility bill to make the flower and candy holiday even better! Here are a few energy savings tips from the U.S. Department of Energy.

  1. Use LED Bulbs – Over the lifetime of an LED bulb (25,000 hours at $0.12 per kWh) the cost for the electricity would be about $30. Non-LED could cost you about $180. And most LEDs are dimmable, making it easier to set mood lighting.
  2. Use Power Strips – If you have a movie night at home, plug your TV into an electronic power strip to reduce phantom loads. By plugging electronic devices into a power strip and turning it off when not in use, you can save up to $100 per year. 
  3. Use ENERGYSTAR Appliances – If you’re preparing a special Valentine’s dinner at home, use an ENERGYSTAR crock-pot or slow cooker instead of your conventional oven or stovetop. These small appliances are smart, energy-saving alternatives, typically using about half the energy of a stove.  This means that using a conventional electric oven for one hour can cost around 20 cents while operating a crock-pot for 7 hours costs only 10 cents – an energy savings of 50 percent.

For more energy savings tips and programs visit Con Edison’s Energy Efficiency page at

And don’t forget the flowers and candy!

Customers can follow Con Edison on Twitter or like us on Facebook for photos of the original #POWERcouple

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