Though some naysayers claim that Black Friday shopping is no longer an American tradition, shoppers are still expected to invade the malls the day after Thanksgiving. For those braving the crowds on Friday, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) recommends adding “energy-efficient gifts” to your holiday list!
This year, the PSC has offered monthly energy conservation tips to help residents reach a 500 kilowatt-hour energy savings goal by December. The 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 reminds holiday shoppers to consider “energy-efficient gifts” when snagging deals this Friday, perusing reductions online during Cyber Monday, or hunting holiday bargains another day.
“Don’t let your energy-saving efforts fall by the wayside amid all the holiday festivities,” said PSC Chairman Ronald A. Brisé. “Whether you want to help your gift recipient save money or just to give the latest ‘cool’ gadget, there are plenty of energy-efficient gift options available. And, your gift will keep on giving with savings throughout the year.”
Here are some tips about purchasing energy-efficient gifts from the website, www.energy.gov:
• Electronics are popular gifts, and you can fulfill your giftee’s wishes while also helping them save energy by purchasing ENERGY STAR qualified electronics.
• Computer and office equipment and appliances also receive ENERGY STAR labeling, so do your homework before buying.
• Rechargeable batteries (and chargers) and compact fluorescent bulbs may not be at the top of anyone’s wish list, but they make great stocking stuffers and the savings will be appreciated.
• Time and skills are always great gifts. Help someone on your list complete a “do-it-your-self home energy audit,” or help air seal their house, install insulation, or insulate their old water heater tank.
Here are a few ways you can save energy during the holidays:
• When trimming your tree, why not try LED (light-emitting diode) holiday lights? LED light strings last longer and are safer to use than traditional incandescent lights.
• Also, when your holiday to-dos stack up, combine multiple errands into one trip to be more fuel efficient.
Look for December’s PSC Energy Saving Challenge wrap up and visit our website to find more energy saving tips at http://www.floridapsc.com/ConsumerAssistance/ConsumerTips.
“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.
During 2013, Florida marks 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.
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