SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Con Edison reminds its customers they can save energy and money by using their air conditioners and other appliances wisely, as scorching hot weather continues in New York.
With temperatures forecast to reach 90 degrees through early this week, New Yorkers are advised to follow these money-saving conservation tips:
- Consumer can use Con Edison's Smart AC Program, using smart technology to control room air conditioners from computers and mobile devices. Click here to learn more.
- 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 like 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, and 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 getting home.
- Keep AC filters clean.
- If you run a business, keep your door closed while the AC is running. Don't lose 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. Also, Con Edison will pay a $30 rebate to customers who buy a new Energy Star air conditioner. For more info, click here.
Con Edison will have crews ready to respond to any service problems that arise due to the high demand. Customers can report outages and check service restoration status at www.conEd.com or by calling 800-75-CONED. Have you account number on hand when reporting an outage if possible, and report whether your neighbors have also lost power.
Consumers can also download Con Edison's new app, My conEdison, to report and check the status of a power problem, and view an interactive online outage map.