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Con Edison And Tech Company ‘Propel’ Helping Aid Recipients Save On Food, Energy

Con Edison and Brooklyn- based Propel are putting technology in the hands of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to help them save on two necessities: food for nourishment and energy to heat, cool and light their homes.

The companies are sharing information about Con Edison’s energy efficiency initiatives through Propel’s free Fresh EBT app. Recipients of SNAP benefits who use the app to track their balances and find discounts on food can now access information on Con Edison’s energy efficiency rebates and incentives.

“We want to help all our customers save money with our energy efficiency programs,” said Vicki Kuo, director of Energy Efficiency for Con Edison. “With our partnership with Propel, we can provide valuable information on saving energy to SNAP recipients. Even small steps, like adjusting the temperature on the AC, produce savings, and over time, those savings add up.”

“Together with Con Edison we can help more families benefit from the Fresh EBT app,” said Jimmy Chen, CEO and founder of Propel. “We give SNAP recipients the ability to save money and put more food on the table. Saving energy also enhances a family’s life because it reduces their energy bills, leaving more money for food and other expenses.”

Since Con Edison and Propel began sharing information on the SmartAC program last month, more than 500 Con Edison customers who are SNAP recipients have enrolled and applied to receive nearly 1,000 smart AC kits.

Those who install their smart AC kits on units can set the temperature in their home remotely, giving them greater control and helping them better manage their energy usage.

Con Edison will also share conservation tips and other offers to participate in its energy efficiency programs.

Fresh EBT is available for Android and the iPhone and can be downloaded from

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $49 billion in assets. The utility delivers electricity, natural gas and steam to 3.4 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, N.Y. For financial, operations and customer service information, visit

Fresh EBT is a free mobile app that empowers EBT cardholders to more easily manage their benefits and discover new resources. Fresh EBT enables users to easily check their balance, find ways to save, and explore employment opportunities. Over 1 million people and (75K New Yorkers) use Fresh EBT monthly across the United States. Fresh EBT is built by Propel, a technology company focused on fighting poverty with technology. Propel is based in Brooklyn, N.Y