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NYSEG AND RG&E ENCOURAGE CUSTOMERS TO USE ENERGY WISELY  AS TEMPERATURES AND HUMIDITY INCREASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rochester, NY, July 17, 2008 – With another round of hot, humid weather forecast through the weekend, NYSEG and RG&E encourage customers to use energy wisely to help manage their energy bills and minimize the considerable stress that high demand for power puts on the companies’ electricity delivery systems.

 “We have a great deal of confidence in our electricity delivery systems and the work our people do to maintain those systems all year long,” said Mike Conroy, vice president - operations at NYSEG and RG&E. “Our customers can do their part to ensure that we are able to continue to provide safe, reliable service by being sure to use energy wisely.” 

Here are some energy-saving tips:
 - Keep curtains or blinds closed on hot, sunny days.
 - During the hottest parts of the day, close windows and doors to keep heat out.
 - Consider using fans instead of air conditioners.
 - When you do use air conditioners, keep the thermostat set at 78 degrees or higher.
 - Turn off air conditioners when you leave home.
 - Turn off unused lights, TVs, computers and stereos.
 - Avoid cooking and baking during the hottest part of the day.
 - When the weather permits, hang laundry outside to dry instead of using a clothes dryer.

For more information on wise energy use, visit nyseg.com or rge.com, click on the “Usage and Safety” tab and then on “Using Energy Wisely.”

About NYSEG and RG&E: NYSEG and RG&E are subsidiaries of Energy East Corporation [NYSE:EAS], a super-regional energy services and delivery company in the Northeast. NYSEG serves 872,000 electricity customers and 256,000 natural gas customers across more than 40% of upstate New York. RG&E serves 360,000 electricity customers and 297,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region centered on the City of Rochester. By providing outstanding customer service and meeting customers’ energy requirements in an environmentally-responsible manner, NYSEG and RG&E will continue to be valuable assets to the communities they serve. For more information, visit nyseg.com and rge.com.


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