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Con Edison Offers Tips to Beat the Heat & Save Money

Con Edison reminds customers they can take simple steps to save energy and money as warm weather rolls into the area.

The company recommends that customers take these steps:

·         Turn off air conditioners, lights and other appliances when not at home and use a timer to turn on your air conditioner about a half-hour before arriving home;

·         Make sure air conditioner filters are clean so the units will run at peak efficiency;

·         Set thermostats to the highest comfortable temperature. 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 rooms;

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

·         Keep shades, blinds and curtains closed. About 40 percent of unwanted heat comes through windows. Simply drawing blinds and curtains, which act as a layer of insulation, can reduce heat in your apartment or home;

·         Try using fans instead of air conditioners, but be sure to leave your windows open for ventilation. Fans use as little as one-tenth the energy as air conditioners.

To learn more about Con Edison’s Smart AC program, visit www.conedsmartac.com.

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