Update: On July 17, Con Edison crews restored power to more than 15,000 additional customers affected by recent heat and storms. The company still had to restore power to 1,800 customers a day later. About 700 of those customers are in Westchester County, where overnight winds caused damage to the overhead electric delivery system. The company reported 500 customers out of service in Queens and 300 in the Bronx. Meanwhile, the company mobilized a force of 4,000 electric operations personnel and support staff to respond to the extreme heat wave expected to hit the area.
Con Edison reminds its customers, and electricity users in general, that they can take simple steps to save energy during the hot and humid summer weather;
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%;
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% 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;
Use fans instead of air conditioners but be sure to leave windows open for ventilation. Fans use as little as one-tenth the energy of air conditioners.
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