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10/31/2012 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Chairman Brisé and Tallahassee Mayor Marks "Weatherize" with Neighborhood REACH Program for Energy Action Month

TALLAHASSEE — Several area residents had a treat today when Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairman Ronald A. Brisé and Tallahassee Mayor John Marks knocked on their doors to provide energy-saving measures and installations–free of charge–for October’s Energy Action Month.

“The City’s REACH program is a prime example of ‘energy action,’ providing utility customers with choices in how to better manage their electric and water usage, helping them to conserve and save money,” said Chairman Brisé.

Mayor Marks added, “Our REACH program has been nationally recognized for the significant benefits it provides to our utility customers.  As a model for effective community outreach, REACH is a reason why Tallahassee was designated as America’s Most Livable City.”

Chairman Brisé and Mayor Marks accompanied a City crew during its scheduled door-to-door visit in the Mabry Manor neighborhood along Harris Street to install energy-saving products, seal leaks, and offer hands-on energy efficiency education.  As part of the City’s Energy Smart Plus (e+) initiative, Neighborhood REACH helps eligible utility customers save energy and money by making their homes more energy and water efficient—all at no cost to the customer. 

Each year, the U.S. Department of Energy sponsors Energy Action Month to promote smart energy choices, while also highlighting economic and job growth, protection of our environment, and increased energy independence.  The PSC observes Energy Action Month annually with events to promote energy efficiency and conservation.

Earlier in October for Energy Action Month, Chairman Brisé and senior staff from the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) exchanged their suits for jeans and participated in a locally-sponsored Big Bend Habitat for Humanity (BBHH) “build.”  By assisting BBHH, the Commission highlighted Habitat’s mission to build energy-efficient, affordable homes for low-income consumers in the community.  This event also recognized the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) partnership established with a Habitat for Humanity branch in January as part of its “Anybody Can Serve, So Let’s Conserve” campaign.  NARUC Commissioners were encouraged to “volunteer at various Habitat projects around the country and share their expertise on energy issues.”

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