More than 3 million customers in New York City are expected to turn on their air conditioners on Tuesday to beat the summer heat. Con Edison is preparing for record electricity use.
"Our goal is to keep any outages that may occur limited in scope and short in duration," said Con Ed Spokesperson Bob McGee. "We've got many, many extra crews on over the course of the next couple of days because we do anticipate some problems."
The city's utility company wants businesses to do their part in conserving energy during this week's heat wave. "If there's a merchant with a door open and they're blowing air conditioning out the door, that's really...a sin against the environment," said McGee.
Con Edison is asking residential customers to shut off their air conditioning when they're not at home, and unplug electronic devices when possible to help prevent outages. Service disruptions can be reported by calling 1-800-75-CON-ED.