Hot And Sticky Days Ahead; Take Steps To Conserve While Staying Cool
With hot and humid weather expected over the next several days, Con Edison reminds customers to use energy wisely, while staying cool and saving money.
New Yorkers are advised to follow these money-saving conservation tips:
- Set your AC to the highest comfortable temperature. Every degree you lower the thermostat drives up your bill by 6 percent;
- To reduce heat and moisture in your home, run appliances such as ovens, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers in the early morning or late at night when it’s cooler outside;
- Cook with a microwave or barbecue outside, if possible;
- When the AC is running, close doors to keep cool air in and hot air out;
- Keep shades, blinds and curtains closed. About 40 percent of unwanted heat comes through windows;
- Even when using AC, use ceiling and other fans to provide additional cooling and better circulation;
- Turn off AC units, lights and other appliances when not at home and use a timer or smart technology to turn on your air conditioner about a half-hour before arriving home;
- Keep AC filters clean;
Replace old appliances with new energy efficient Energy Star appliances.
Con Edison offers a variety of energy-efficiency programs for this summer. The Smart AC Program connects customers with smart technology to control their room air conditioners from their computer or mobile device.
Learn more by visiting: https://conedsmartac.com
Replacing an old air conditioner with a new ENERGY STAR unit can reduce energy usage by 30 percent. Con Edison will pay a [$30] (http://coned.com/energyefficiency/energystar.asp) rebate to customers who buy a new ENERGY STAR air conditioner.
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.