Saving Money On Energy Is A ‘Cool’ Thing To Do This Summer

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Saving Money On Energy Is A ‘Cool’ Thing To Do This Summer

June 24, 2014 - 18:14

NEW YORK –- Con Edison’s Green Team is paying customers to use less electricity to stay cool this summer.

The company will pay $25 to residential customers who purchase a new ENERGY STAR® room air conditioner between now and Aug. 29. By replacing an older room air conditioner with a new, more energy-efficient unit, a customer can reduce electricity usage by about 15 percent.

Funding for the program is limited, so customers who are interested should take advantage now. For eligibility details, to download an application, or to apply online, go to:

“We urge our customers to buy their new energy-efficient air conditioners and to enroll in our summer energy programs as soon as they can,” said David MacRae, section manager of Residential Customer Solutions at Con Edison. “The sooner you participate, the sooner you can start saving money on energy.”

To see a video with energy-saving cooling tips, click here:

The company is once again offering smartAC kits to residential customers with room air conditioners. The kit includes a modlet plug and a smart thermostat that controls the modlet. A customer can use the kit to turn the room air conditioner on or off or adjust the temperature remotely from any smartphone or browser.

When demand for electricity is high, the customer’s window air conditioner will turn on and off at a slightly higher thermostat setting, but in a way that keeps the home sufficiently cool. Customers are notified a day in advance and can opt out. Customers can also override Con Edison’s adjustment.

Customers who participate in the modlet program will receive a $25 e-gift card as a thank you at the end of the season. For more information on the program, go to:

Residential customers with central air conditioning systems can also get help controlling their energy usage. Con Edison is offering free smart thermostats to these customers. The thermostat allows a customer to adjust the temperature in their home remotely by using a computer, smartphone or tablet.

Con Edison will also provide a $25 check to thank any residential customer who gets the thermostat and installs the free app. For more information or to sign up, go to:

The thermostats allow Con Edison to remotely adjust the amount of electricity a central air-conditioning system uses. Con Edison will make those adjustments when it needs to reduce electricity use. A customer can override the company’s adjustment.

Customers who take advantage of programs to control their air conditioning energy usage help Con Edison maintain its industry-leading reliable service. They also reduce carbon emissions.

Consolidated Edison, Inc. has been recognized for its environmental performance by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and other organizations. For additional information, visit or,

Con Edison has an energy efficiency program for almost everyone. For information, visit, or call the Con Edison Green Team at 1-877-870-6118.