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Bill Burton's Summer Energy Tips

July 6, 2010

Dear Neighbor,

Did you know that Con Edison provides consumers with many cost-saving and energy saving tips? I thought I would pass some of these useful offers along to you to help cool your summer bills as well as your home.

Cool your home more efficiently

Con Ed is offering a $30 rebate to residential customers who replace their room air conditioners with Energy Star models. Energy Star A/C’s are at least 10 percent more efficient than standard models. For an application, visit: http://www.coned.com/energyefficiency/PDF/Room%20AC%20Form.pdf

If you have central air-conditioning, keep the condenser unit’s coils and fins clean. Remove grass, leaves and other debris that may collect on them.

Green your home

Con Ed recommends that you shut off your computer daily. If you leave the computer on, the fans are running constantly. For your laptop and PC, check the power management function. Put it in sleep mode whenever possible or turn the monitor off when not in use.

For printers and scanners, turn them off at night.

Avoid printing whenever possible! The less you print the more energy you save all around.

Replacing a boiler, water heater or refrigerator? Contact Con Ed to see if you are eligible for a rebate. Better yet, let Con Ed know when you are replacing your refrigerator and they will arrange to pick up your old refrigerator at no charge in order to recycle it.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

Bill Burton, Westchester County Legislator, 9th District



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