LIPA offers program to help cut energy costs

As residents look to keep cool during the latest heat wave, LIPA is offering a program that will keep electricity costs down while conserving power.

Ali Rizva, owner of Santa Fe Grill in Smithtown, says in order to cut down on his electricity usage he has become a member of the LIPA EDGE program, which allows LIPA to remotely control the restaurant's air conditioning during a power emergency.

LIPA says most people hardly realize when the central air thermostat is remotely turned up a few degrees.

"You can hit a button and override the curtailment," says Dan Zaweski, LIPA's vice president for energy efficiency.

So far, 32,000 homes and businesses have opted into the program, and LIPA says more are waiting to join.

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