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Con Edison Urges Customers in Part of Manhattan to Reduce Electricity Usage

Con Edison is urging all customers in a section of Manhattan to discontinue their use of non-essential electrical appliances and equipment until problems on electrical equipment are repaired.

The company has also reduced voltage by 5 percent in the area.

The affected area is bounded by East 31st Street to the north, East 14th Street to the south, 5th Avenue to the west and the East River to the east. The area includes the Madison Square, Gramercy and Flatiron neighborhoods and about 30,200 customers.

Con Edison has asked customers in the area not to use appliances such as washers, dryers and, unless needed for health or medical reasons, air conditioners, and other energy-intensive equipment. Also, turn off lights and televisions when not needed until the problems are resolved.

Customers should also avoid opening freezers to see if food is still frozen. Every time the freezer is opened, room-temperature air enters and speeds the thawing process. Most fully loaded freezers will keep food frozen for approximately 36 to 48 hours; half-full freezers will keep food frozen for approximately 24 hours.

Con Edison offers a number of mobile solutions so you can manage your accounts, report and check the status of an outage, learn energy-saving tips, and more. Text REG to OUTAGE (688243) to sign up for text notifications, and follow the prompts. You will need to enter your Con Edison account number to complete the registration process. Once you've registered, you will not need your account number to report or check the status of a power problem.

Or visit us here to stay on top of outages and power problems by signing up for text notifications.

Customers can report outages and check service restoration status at 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 can follow Con Edison on Twitter or like us on Facebook for general outage updates, safety tips and storm preparation information.

The equipment problems in area have no effect on the rest of the Con Edison system. Con Edison will provide updates to affected customers both directly and through the media as the situation warrants. The company is in constant communication with New York City Emergency Management and the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services.