2003-08-22 / Community

LIPA Calls For Continued Electric Conservation

LIPA Calls For Continued Electric Conservation

Although the Blackout of 2003 has come and gone, electric suppliers are urging prudent and conservative use of power.

"Long Island must start the work week focused on the need to eliminate non-essential electric consumption and to avoid the use of all unnecessary electrical equipment and appliances," said Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) Chairman Richard M. Kessel.

The business community can play a major role in this effort by shutting down underutilized copiers, computers, and other office machines and by turning off all lights and electrical appliances in unoccupied areas.

Energy efficient residential air-conditioning can save electricity, and help LIPA meet Long Island’s energy needs. To get the most from your air-conditioning unit LIPA suggests the following:

1. Set the thermostats at 78 degrees or higher for the most energy efficient operation.

2. Use fans to move the air inside your home. This gives the sensation that it is 5 degrees cooler than the actual temperature. Shade windows on the sunny side of your home. Keep drapes closed or add room-darkening shades to block out the heat from the sun.

3. Use a programmable thermostat to routinely raise the inside temperature while you are at work or routinely away from home for 4 hours or longer. Pre-set the thermostat to adjust back to your normal comfort range one-half hour before getting home. This automatic adjustment reduces the cumulative operation of the air conditioner while you are away, and eliminates any discomfort when you arrive home. You can contact LIPA to enroll in the LIPA Edge Program. A first-in-the-nation Internet-based air conditioner control program.

4. Do not set the thermostat at a colder setting than normal when turning on the air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and, therefore, wasted electricity and unnecessary expense.

LIPA has a wide range of energy conservation and efficiency programs and helpful tips that can help consumers reduce electric use and lower monthly bills. To find out more about these programs, customers can log on to www.lipower.org, or they can call LIPA’s Energy Wise Infoline, at 1-800-692-2626.

The Long Island Power Authority owns the electric retail business on Long Island. LIPA provides electric service to nearly 1.1 million customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens.

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