Con Edison asks customers in several Brooklyn neighborhoods to conserve energy in midst of heat wave

Posted at 1:08 PM, Aug 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-13 13:37:16-04

BROOKLYN — Con Edison is asking residents in Brooklyn neighborhoods to conserve energy as they repair equipment problems on a day that temperatures are expected to reach over 100 degrees.

People living in Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Midwood, Flatbush and East Flatbush are affected by this notice that was put out Saturday afternoon.

The electrical company also reduced voltage by 5 percent in these neighborhoods to help repair electrical problems that have left about 200 residents in Brooklyn without electricity as of 1 p.m. The majority of the outages are in Flatbush, according to Con Edison’s outage map.

Customers are also asked not to use appliances such as washers, dryers, microwaves and air conditioners only if they have no health or medical issues, Con Edison said.

Residents in several Queens neighborhoods were also issued the same notice Friday. That notice is still in effect.

Temperatures are expected to reach between 105 and 110 degrees all weekend, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning that will remain in effect until 10 p.m. Sunday.

Though Con Edison has asked residents to reduce energy-intensive appliances, the city has asked people to turn on their air conditioners to stay cool. Cooling centers are available throughout the city for people without one.