Con Edison's Free Lighting Program Moves Into Queens
Con Edison’s program to offer free energy efficient lightbulbs to residential customers is moving into neighborhoods in Queens after a successful start in Brooklyn.
Con Edison representatives have begun going door to door in the South Ozone Park and Ozone Park sections and offering to install light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. After covering those neighborhoods, the workers will move into Howard Beach, Kew Gardens and Richmond Hill.
Con Edison has no limit on the number of incandescent bulbs it will replace for a residential customer. The company will replace up to four compact fluorescent bulbs per customer. But it is important to note that the LED bulbs will fit only into certain fixtures and that they will not be installed in areas such as attics, basements and closets.
The lighting experts look at each fixture and determine which fixtures can take LED bulbs. The program provides bulbs for various kinds of lamps, wall sconces, chandeliers and other applications.
The lighting giveaway is part of Con Edison’s Brooklyn Queens Neighborhood Program, under which Con Edison works with customers in parts of the two boroughs (qualifying neighborhood map) to help them save energy and money. Reducing demand for power in these fast-growing neighborhoods will help Con Edison defer expensive infrastructure upgrades while keeping service reliable.
Con Edison began installing the lighting in Brooklyn in September. The lighting installed so far will reduce peak electrical usage by more than 65 kilowatts, meaning that Con Edison is on target to meet its overall reduction goal.
The LED bulbs range from five to 17 watts and replace less-efficient compact fluorescent or incandescent bulbs that require 40 to 100 watts. They can provide up to 85 percent energy savings.
In Brooklyn, the Neighborhood Program includes parts of Greenpoint, East Williamsburg, Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Brownsville, and East New York. In Queens it covers parts of Richmond Hill, Howard Beach, Broad Channel, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Woodhaven and Kew Gardens.
Customers should always ask to see identification when someone comes to their door claiming to be from Con Edison. The representatives installing the lighting have red identification cards and will wear clothing with the Con Edison name.
A customer who is unsure whether a person at the door is from Con Edison should call 1-800-75-CONED.