NEW YORK – Con Edison is giving no-cost energy efficient light bulbs to residential customers in certain Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods as part of its program to help consumers manage their electrical usage.
Con Edison representatives will knock on doors in neighborhoods in north central and eastern Brooklyn, and in southwestern Queens, and offer to install light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.
The lighting giveaway is part of Con Edison's Brooklyn Queens Neighborhood Program, under which Con Edison works with customers to help them save energy and money. Reducing demand for power in these fast-growing neighborhoods will help Con Edison defer the construction of a $1.2 billion substation while keeping service reliable.
"The lighting we're providing is efficient, durable and attractive," said Gregory Elcock, who manages the Neighborhood Program for Con Edison. "It will help our customers reduce their energy bills while still having the lighting they need to read, work or relax."
The LED bulbs will range from five to 17 watts and replace less-efficient compact fluorescent or incandescent bulbs that require 40 to 100 watts. They can provide up to 85 percent energy savings.
The company will provide bulbs for various kinds of lamps, wall sconces, chandeliers and other applications.
Con Edison estimates it will reach all 27,000 residential customers in the neighborhoods in the next year.
The program will reduce peak electrical usage in the area by 2 megawatts. A megawatt is enough to power up to 1,000 homes.
Con Edison has provided no-cost lighting to many owners of small businesses and multi-family properties in the Neighborhood Program area. Those installations helped the company keep service reliable through this summer's hottest spells.
In Brooklyn, the program includes parts of Greenpoint, East Williamsburg, Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Brownsville, and East New York. In Queens it covers parts of Richmond Hill, Howard Beach, Broad Channel, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Woodhaven and Kew Gardens.
Customers should always ask to see identification when someone comes to their door claiming to be from Con Edison. The representatives installing the lighting will have red identification cards and will wear clothing with the Con Edison name on it.
A customer who is unsure whether a person at the door is from Con Edison should call 1-800-75CONED.
Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $47 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, N.Y. For additional financial, operations and customer service information, visit us on the web at www.conEd.com, for energy efficiency rebates and incentives www.coned.com/energyefficiency, and on Twitter and Facebook.