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Con Edison Customers Set Weekend Day Record For Electrical Demand

Peak demand for power reached an all-time weekend high at 4 p.m. today when Con Edison provided 11,855 megawatts to its customers in New York City and Westchester County.

The record for a weekend day before today was 11,533 megawatts set at 3 p.m. on July 23, 2011.

The heavy demand was due to the sweltering heat and humidity that is baking the area. Con Edison reminds its customers they can save money by using their air conditioners and other appliances wisely during the hot spell.

Here are some energy-saving tips:

  • Con Edison offers a variety of energy-efficiency programs for this summer. The Smart AC Program connects customers with technology to control their room air conditioners from their computer or mobile device
  • Set your air conditioning 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;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • If you run a business, keep your door closed while the AC is running. Don't burn through your profits to cool the street;
  • Replace old appliances with new energy efficient Energy Star appliances.
  • Replacing an old air conditioner with a new ENERGY STAR unit can reduce energy usage by 30 percent. Con Edison will pay a $30 rebate to customers who buy a new ENERGY STAR air conditioner.

Con Edison crews are responding to scattered outages caused by the heat and heavy demand for electricity.

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.

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.