Bronx takes the BE COOL challenge
July 16, 2007
Air conditioner campaign helps residents save energy and reduce carbon impact
Bronx, NY - July 16, 2007: Who is the coolest community in New York? When it comes down to the BE COOL Challenge between New York City's five boroughs and Westchester County, air conditioners will be the deciding factor.
To make it easier for New Yorkers to save electricity this summer, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Con Edison are launching BE COOL, a campaign that promotes the purchase of energy efficient room air conditioners. On Tuesday July 17 at 1:30 p.m., Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr. will host a media event on the steps of the Bronx Borough Courthouse at 851 Grand Concourse and 158th Street where he will challenge all Bronx residents to turn in their old air conditioners and replace them with ENERGY STAR® qualified models. The BE COOL Challenge winner will be the community with the highest percentage of residents participating in the campaign. Residents will be able to turn in their old room air conditioners at the same location from 1 to 7 p.m. and receive a financial incentive towards the purchase of a new ENERGY STAR qualified unit.
“Energy savings and energy efficiency must begin in the home. It is everyone's responsibility to ensure that we save energy, help prevent blackouts and create a cleaner environment,” added Carrion. “The Bronx is already the greenest borough and I'm confident that we are going to become the coolest borough too.”
“BE COOL represents a huge opportunity for New Yorkers to reduce their energy use. The program is an important component of Governor Spitzer's comprehensive policy to reduce carbon emissions,” said Paul D. Tonko, President and CEO of NYSERDA. “We want to tap into that New York pride with the BE COOL Challenge and see who will be the coolest community this summer.”
“This campaign reminds the residents of each borough and those in Westchester County that lowering energy use helps us all. To BE COOL this summer, shift your energy use to evening hours and take a look at the incentives for an energy-efficient air-conditioner,” said NYPA Chairman Frank S. McCullough, Jr.
“I urge all New Yorkers to take advantage of these programs to make saving energy even more cost-effective,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “By taking these easy steps in their homes, New Yorkers can lower their electricity bills, help prevent blackouts, and help prevent climate change. Helping consumers save energy is a key component of our plaNYC effort to build a greener, greater New York, and we are proud to be working with NYSERDA on this program.”
Single- and multi-family residential customers of Con Edison electric service in New York City and Westchester County who turn in their old, working room air conditioner may earn $35 when they purchase a new window unit or $100 when they purchase a through-the-wall unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR®.
“It's fantastic that so many of our customers are participating in this energy saving program and we are happy to see that our customers in the Bronx are getting involved,” said Rebecca Craft, director of energy efficiency programs for Con Edison. “Although summer is almost here, it's not too late for our customers to replace their old window and through-the-wall air conditioners and participate in the BE COOL Challenge.”
ENERGY STAR qualified room air conditioners use 10 to 25 percent less energy than a conventional new model or up to 40 percent less energy than a 10-year-old unit. To earn the incentive, residents just need to bring their old unit to an authorized drop off site or retailer location, where the units will be properly recycled and residents will receive a mail-in application for the incentive. Managers of multi-family buildings may contact NYSERDA directly to complete a change-out of all the units in their building.
Encouraging residents to take simple actions can have powerful results, Tonko added. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, if one out of 10 families in the United States used cooling and heating equipment that has earned the ENERGY STAR, the change would keep more than 17 billion pounds of pollution out of the air.
New Yorkers who are not eligible for the incentive can beat the heat and still save energy by using timers on air conditioners and lights; closing shades or curtains on windows that receive direct afternoon sun; using ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) instead of heat-generating incandescent bulbs; and always looking for the ENERGY STAR when purchasing appliances and air conditioning products. Shifting energy-intensive tasks such as dishwashing and clothes washing to cooler early morning or late night hours can also help reduce mid-afternoon heat build-up and make sure there is enough electricity for everyone during the hottest part of the day.
Visit Get Energy Smart or call 1-877-NY-SMART (1-877-697-6278) for more information about BE COOL and other summer energy saving tips.
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