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NEW YORK – As the owner of Granny-Made, a popular children’s store on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Michael Rosenberg sees excited toddlers every day.
His fervent wish is that those children grow up in a clean, sustainable environment. And as a businessman in a still-struggling economy, he’s always looking for ways to cut expenses.
So he couldn’t resist when Con Edison’s Green Team told him he could save more than $2,700 a year in electricity costs by using the company’s financial incentives to upgrade to energy-efficiency bulbs and lighting fixtures. (Check out a video on Rosenberg’s project by clicking here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xryaAG1KAzM)
Rosenberg has never regretted his decision. Con Edison’s Small Business Direct Install program paid $3,375 of the lighting’s $4,800 cost.
The lighting was installed last February and by the end of the summer, he had already earned back the return on his investment. That means the savings Rosenberg’s store is realizing now is money that accrues to his bottom line, or that he can invest in inventory or other expenses.
“I knew that over time this would be very good for the business,” said Rosenberg. “And it came at a really good time. We’ve been through a recession and are always looking to trim expenses.
“We’re also in the kids business and I think that for the younger generation, being environmentally sensitive is second nature,” he said. “I want to contribute to a clean planet too.”
The shop, at 467 Amsterdam Ave. between 82nd and 83rd streets, sells an attractive mix of clothing, including handmade sweaters, hats and shoes for little boys and girls. Rosenberg also sells toys, books, musical instruments and games for children, and women’s jewelry.
Con Edison’s Small Business program provides customers with free energy-efficiency surveys, free energy-saving devices such as compact fluorescent bulbs, low-flow aerators and high-pressure rinse sprayers. The Green Team will make custom recommendations for improving energy efficiency that fit each business and budget and pay up to 70 percent of the cost for certain equipment upgrades
Con Edison has energy-efficiency programs for nearly every customer. For information, call the Green Team at 1-877-870-6118 or go to http://www.coned.com/greenteam.
Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $40 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than 3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York.
Consolidated Edison, Inc. is in the global Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) S&P 500 2012 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) and has been recognized by the CDP for six years in a row. Consolidated Edison, Inc. also has been recognized for its environmental performance by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and other organizations.
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