Nor’easter is a-coming – conserve electricity

Stroll around Union Square Park, and you’ll see utility trucks from all over.  More than 2,500 utility workers from as far as California are assisting in Con Edison’s restoration efforts. More than 500 additional utility workers are scheduled to arrive today.  The rebuilding of the electric network post Hurricane Sandy has been an amazing effort by the utility and they should be commended for their hard work.

BUT…as if last weeks fun was not enough for our neighborhood, a nor’easter is scheduled to come into town Wednesday into Thursday morning.  The storm is expected to pack rain and heavy winds that have the potential to topple trees into overhead power lines, causing customers to lose electricity. The storm also may delay Con Edison’s restoration of service to customers that are out of service due to Hurricane Sandy.

Con Edison continues to urge customers in Mid- and Lower Manhattan who were affected by Hurricane Sandy outages to conserve energy as much as possible while crews work to reinforce the underground electric system.

Refrain from using non-essential appliances, such as washers and dryers. The company also is in contact with building owners to encourage limiting use of certain elevator banks or other equipment.

Customers can report downed power lines, outages, and check service restoration status by computer or mobile device at They also can call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). When reporting an outage, it is helpful if customers have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power. Customers who report outages will be called by Con Edison with their estimated restoration times as they become available.