SOURCE: Con Edison Co. of NY, Inc.

Con Edison Co. of NY, Inc.

May 31, 2011 13:21 ET

Con Edison to Bring 'Green' Touch to 2011 Science Festival

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 31, 2011) - Con Edison will promote the company's wide array of energy-efficiency programs at the 2011 World Science Festival Street Fair in Washington Square Park June 5.

Con Edison is a major sponsor of the Festival for a fourth straight year. The five-day Festival brings together top scientists, researchers, academics and business leaders from all over the world to discuss their ideas and teach the public about the importance of science.

"We're proud to once again be a major sponsor of this exhibition of exploration and discovery," said Frances A. Resheske, senior vice president of Public Affairs. "It's a rare event that can educate, entertain and celebrate as wonderfully as the Festival does."

The company sees the Street Fair -- held on the Festival's final day -- as an opportunity to spread the word that its Green Team is eager to work with residential and business customers to help them manage their energy use, save money and protect the environment.

Con Edison offers residential customers low-cost energy surveys, rebates on energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment, money for getting rid of a second refrigerator and other benefits.

Small businesses can get free energy surveys and incentives of up to 70 percent for making energy-efficiency upgrades.

Commercial and industrial customers can also get incentives for installing certain high-efficiency gas and electric equipment.

For information on all Con Edison's programs go to or call 1-877-870-6118.

The Con Edison booth will be staffed by members of the Edison Engineering Society and will include interactive activities to show that even modest actions can save energy. The booth will include:

  • A digital display that will show the amount of electricity different appliances use. Participants will be able to plug in a hair dryer, an iPod, a cell phone and other devices and look at the display for information energy usage.
  • A "Pedal-A-Watt" bicycle for youngsters. The rear wheel powers a small generator that is connected to three light bulbs. The rider can see that the rotation of the rear wheel creates electricity and lights the bulbs.
  • Compact-fluorescent bulbs, or CFLs. Guests will flip a switch to turn on a traditional incandescent light bulb and watch an electric meter spin. But then they'll turn the incandescent bulb off and light a CFL and see that the meter spins slower.

Con Edison supports over 1,000 nonprofit organizations in its New York City and Westchester County service area in order to strengthen neighborhoods, sustain communities and improve lives. The company's philanthropic efforts support the arts, environmental stewardship, and important educational initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Many of Con Edison's 14,000 employees share a personal commitment to the region's vitality through their own volunteer efforts and also choose to support education by utilizing the company's matching gifts program.

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