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As Summer Approaches Con Edison Offers Energy-Savings Tips on Website
NEW YORK, NY, Jun 16, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- As summer temperatures start to swat New York over the next few days, Con Edison will have extra crews, if needed, to respond to service problems. Customers are urged to call 1-800-75-CONED or contact the company on its Web site at promptly if they encounter any service difficulties. The company Web site's home page also provides a link to a new list of 100 energy- and money-saving tips.

Did you know that running an electric fan to keep cool will be only one-tenth the cost of using an air conditioner and save a substantial amount of energy? Just be sure to leave a window open for ventilation. Also close shades, blinds and curtains to keep out the sun; about 40 percent of unwanted heat comes through the windows.

Here are some other steps the company is recommending to stay cool this summer:

--  Accept Con Edison's offer of a free programmable thermostat if you
    have central air conditioning.  Program the thermostat manually or from the
    Internet. Turning off your air conditioner when you're not there beats
    leaving it on all the time, and programming it instead to turn on before
    you return is a wise way to save on summer electric bills; To learn more
    about Con Edison's free programmable thermostat, call 1-866-521-8600 or

--  Make sure air conditioner filters are clean for peak efficiency;

--  Set thermostats no lower than 78 degrees.  Each degree lower increases
    cooling costs by 6 percent;

--  If you have a room air-conditioning unit, close off the rooms not
    being used; if you have central air, block the vents in un-used or vacant

--  Also turn off lights and other appliances, using a timer to turn them
    on as necessary, and turn your computer off when not at home to conserve;

--  To reduce heat and moisture, run appliances such as ovens, washing
    machines, dryers and dishwashers in the early morning or late at night when
    it's generally cooler. Use a microwave to cook, or barbecue outside, if

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 $27 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than 3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York. For additional financial, operations and customer service information, visit Con Edison's Web site at

Michael Clendenin
(212) 460-4111

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