New app saves coned customers money and helps the environment
A Brooklyn-based climate tech startup called Meltek has launched a free mobile phone app that ConEd customers can use to save money and reduce pollution. ConEd and Meltek will pay New York City and Westchester County residents and small businesses to save electricity during peak demand hours, such as on the hottest days of summer. Once a user signs up with Meltek and connects their ConEd account number, Meltek can send easy-to-follow text or email alerts, letting them know when they can earn money by postponing large appliance usage, such as washing machines and dishwashers, adjusting thermostats (including pre-cooling their home/business before the demand response window), switching off lights, or unplugging electrical devices. The exact ways of saving electricity are up to the customer, and ConEd and Meltek have structured the demand response program so that no customer can lose money by signing up (for free) with Meltek. Signing up with Meltek does not change a customer’s electric service provider or otherwise alter the relationship with Con Edison. The electricity produced during peak hours by so-called “peaker” power plants is often the most polluting and carbon-intensive, so the energy savings also reduce air pollution in local communities and combat climate change.