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10/23/2013 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Urges Conservation During Energy Action Month


TALLAHASSEE — October is National Energy Action Month, an ideal time says the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) to make life changes that reduce your energy consumption and save you money. 

The PSC has offered monthly energy conservation tips this year to help residents reach a 500 kilowatt-hour energy savings goal by December. This PSC Energy Saving Challenge is a tribute to Florida’s 2013 Viva 500 celebration that will save customers money and save the state’s resources. This month, the PSC is extending its Challenge to highlight National Energy Action Month, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program. 

“Energy Action Month reminds us how our actions can make a difference to reduce our energy usage and save money on utility bills,” said PSC Chairman Ronald A. Brisé.  “This October, I encourage you to act on those familiar conservation tips to reduce energy use year-round in your home and office.”

Here are some things you can do to make a difference!

•   Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

•   Use power strips in areas where you have a lot of electronics. This makes it easy to power down a room full of equipment with just one switch.
 
•   Unplug things like phone chargers and laptop cords when not using them. They use energy even when not attached to your phone or computer.

•   Insulate your home and weatherize your doors and windows. Check on getting an energy audit from your local utility company.
 
•   Install programmable thermostats and wash only full loads of dishes and clothes to increase your energy efficiency.

•   Take advantage of the natural heat and lighting. Close curtains during hot days to keep the house cool and open them to warm the house in the winter.

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/ConsumersTips.

“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.”

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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