When you’re busy getting ready for your summer vacation, don’t forget to unplug electronics! The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) offers this energy-saving tip as part of its 2013 Energy Saving Challenge during Florida’s historic 500th anniversary year. By following the PSC’s monthly tips, residents can save 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.
Whether your vacation is a long weekend or month-long getaway, remember to put your mail on hold, suspend newspaper delivery, arrange for pet care, give your neighbor a key (just in case), and unplug your electronics, save the one or two lights that you might leave on for safety. That includes your televisions, computers, stereos, alarm clocks, and other electronics plugged directly into the wall.
Unplugging electronics or turning off surge protectors while you’re away can definitely save money and reduce “vampire voltage” — electricity used by appliances when they’re not in use. Computers, microwaves, Blu-ray disk players, etc. are examples of “vampires.” According to the 12th Annual Household Consumer Electronics Ownership and Market Potential Study featured on the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) website, the average American family owns 25 consumer electronic devices with “vampire loads” that can increase your energy bill.
“We want Florida’s residents to enjoy their hard-earned vacations, and that means turning off your electronics so they won’t draw power and increase your utility bill while you’re enjoying some time off,” said PSC Chairman Ronald A. Brisé. “Remember to turn up your air conditioning thermostat to save even more energy. And don’t forget to remove the coffee filter and take out the garbage!”
“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 www.floridapsc.com/consumers/tips.
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.
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