More than 18 percent of Florida’s population is age 65 or older, the highest percentage of any U.S. state. Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) assists seniors year-round with ways to save money on their utility bills, and this year during May’s Older Americans Month, the PSC also recognized two agencies that benefit seniors—one through energy efficiency and one through its valued partnership.
“We acknowledge the contributions of older Floridians, not only in May, but throughout the year,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham. “The Commission’s continuing outreach and partnerships with agencies serving seniors demonstrates our commitment to aid this population segment and bring recognition to others who provide them assistance.”
During Older Americans Month 2014, the PSC held educational sessions and distributed conservation information in several Florida cities. The month was also used to recognize Azalea Trace, a large Pensacola retirement community, with the PSC’s Triple E Award—for Energy Efficiency Effort. With over 256 geothermal wells, the retirement community is the largest “premier geothermal heat pump technology facility” in Northwest Florida. Working with its local utility, Gulf Power Company, to gain energy efficiencies and reduce costs, Azalea Trace’s administrators can better serve their residents. Azalea Trace marks the PSC’s fourth Triple E Award recipient in 2014.
In May the PSC also recognized the North County Senior Center in Palm Beach Gardens as a PSC Helping Hand. Helping raise public awareness about the federal Lifeline Assistance (Lifeline) program and energy and water conservation, the center is a valuable PSC partner and senior advocate. Each month, the PSC highlights a valued partner agency or organization that helps share PSC information with their clients who are eligible for Lifeline and/or who need help to reduce energy and water bills.
About Older Americans Month
Since 1963, communities and agencies across the state and nation have joined in annually commemorating Older Americans Month, a tradition that shows the nation’s commitment to celebrating the contributions and achievements of its older residents.
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