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Heating Bills Expected to Be Same as Last Year [VIDEO]

Con Edison reminds New Yorkers they can save energy and money while staying comfortable this winter by taking simple steps such as moving furniture away from heating vents and radiators.


Though heating bills are expected to be about the same as last year, the utility is urging customers to use energy efficiently and sign up for a Con Edison’s Green Team rebate program.


Residential customers can save up to $1,000 and cut heating costs up to 30 percent with Con Edison Green Team rebates. The rebates encourage customers to do simple things like replace older equipment with efficient technology and seal leaks in their home heating systems. For energy tips and information on our Green Team programs visit: or call 1-877-870-6118.


Customers also can save money with these tips:


•             If your health permits, set your thermostat at 68 degrees during the day and 60 degrees at night and when no one is home. Each degree over 68 can increase by 3 percent the amount of energy you use for heating.


•             Install a programmable thermostat and set it to lower the heat at night and when no one is home.


•             Every fall, have your heating system cleaned and inspected by a qualified contractor.


•             Inspect hot-air ducts to ensure adequate air flow and eliminate any loss of heated air.


•             Keep drapes and furniture away from radiators and baseboard heaters so heat can flow freely.


Con Edison expects the average gas-heating residential bill from November to March (based on monthly usage of 168 therms) to be approximately $257.40 per month – about the same as last year.


The company noted that natural gas is less expensive and more efficient than heating oil. Customers can call (800) 643-1289 or go to

for information about switching from heating oil to natural gas.


Con Edison has secured adequate natural gas supplies for its 1.1 million gas customers in Manhattan, the Bronx, Westchester County and parts of Queens.  Approximately 280,000 of those customers use gas to heat their hom

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