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04/25/2013 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Offers April's Tip for Year-Long Energy Challenge


TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) is springing another energy-saving tip for its 2013 Energy Saving Challenge during Florida’s historic 500th anniversary year.  Participating residents can save up to 500 kilowatt hours (kWh) or more of energy through December that will save them money and help protect resources for future Floridians and visitors to enjoy for another 500 years.

For April’s tip, the PSC urges you to “get your ducts in a row.”  The biggest energy guzzler in your house might not be your refrigerator or your clothes dryer.  It could be your ductwork!  Leaky ducts can reduce heating and cooling system efficiency by as much as 20 percent.

Ducts, hidden under your floor or in your attic, deliver conditioned air to every room in your house.  Since you can’t see them, repairing them can be difficult.  If your air conditioner or furnace is running a lot, yet you are still not comfortable, consider hiring a professional heating and cooling contractor to inspect and repair your ductwork.

“Duct leaks can allow heated or cooled air to spill out before it reaches individual rooms in your house,” PSC Chairman Ronald A. Brisé said.  “Spring is a good time to check your ducts, before Florida’s hot summer weather arrives.  We encourage consumers to make conservation habits a way of life, preserving Florida’s resources for years to come.”

“Florida’s reputation as a one-of-a-kind cultural destination is a testament to its diverse, innovative, and resourceful residents,” said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. “The PSC’s energy challenge will help future generations of Floridians enjoy the great state we call home, and we welcome them as a Viva Florida 500 partner.”

Join the PSC’s 2013 Energy Saving Challenge and track your new conservation habits and monthly energy savings. Look for next month’s PSC challenge and visit our website to find more energy saving tips at http://www.floridapsc.com/ConsumerAssistance/ConsumerTips.

About Viva Florida 500

Viva Florida 500 is a statewide initiative led by the Florida Department of State, under the leadership of Governor Rick Scott, to highlight the 500 years of historic people, places, and events in present-day Florida since the arrival of Juan Ponce de León to the land he named La Florida in 1513.

In 2013, Florida will mark 500 years of history and diverse cultural heritage – a claim no other state in America can make – and promote the place where the world’s cultures began to unite and transform into the great nation we know today as the United States of America.

For more information on Viva Florida 500, visit the Department of State’s website on Florida’s 500th Anniversary at http://www.vivaflorida.org/.

For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.

Follow the PSC on Twitter, @floridapsc.



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