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NYSEG REMINDS CUSTOMERS IN THE BINGHAMTON, ELMIRA AND CORNING AREAS
TO CONSERVE ENERGY DURING RECORD-BREAKING HOT, HUMID WEATHER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Binghamton, Elmira and Corning, NY, June 9, 2008 – With record-breaking temperatures and extreme humidity expected through tomorrow, NYSEG reminds customers in the Binghamton, Elmira and Corning areas to conserve energy. 

NYSEG is continuing to take all feasible steps to lessen potential problems that could result from a high-voltage substation transformer that is out of service in the Elmira area and the additional stress the absence of that transformer is putting on the company’s electricity delivery system across the central Southern Tier.

“We made it through the weekend with no problems, but with people headed back to work and temperatures expected to be in the mid-90s demand for electricity will be extraordinarily high, and that is taxing our system,” said Keith Lorenzetti, NYSEG’s director - regional operations. “Anything our customers in the Southern Tier and statewide can do to conserve electricity and help lessen the stress on the electricity delivery system over the next few days will be a big help.”

NYSEG customers can conserve electricity and save money by: 

  • Using fans instead of air conditioners where possible.
  • Setting air conditioner thermostats at 78 degrees or above.
  • Closing shades and blinds to keep rooms cooler.
  • Limiting use of electric water heaters, stoves, dishwashers, clothes dryers, dehumidifiers and pool equipment.
  • Turning off unneeded lights and electric appliances.

We appreciate our customers’ cooperation and understanding as we continue to work through this temporary situation,” Lorenzetti said.