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11/27/2007 Contact: 850-413-6482

Florida Public Service Commission Encourages an Energy Efficient Holiday


TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) encourages residents to make energy efficient choices this holiday season.  According to the Energy Information Administration, the key to holding holiday electricity costs down is making energy efficient lighting choices.  Depending on the type, number, and length of time used, powering holiday lights can cost from a few cents to more than $50.

"Conserving energy at home is an important tool for consumers to save money and energy resources," said PSC Chairman Lisa Polak Edgar.  "As Florida's population continues to grow, the benefits of consumer-practiced energy conservation will become even more significant in supplying affordable energy."

As part of its ongoing commitment to encourage energy efficiency, the PSC offers a few energy-saving tips for the holiday season that will curb energy costs and even provide some gift ideas.

  • Use LED (light-emitting diode) holiday lights. These newer energy-efficient bulbs can last more than 50,000 hours, or 20 years.  Each LED bulb uses only 0.04 watts and is up to 90 percent more efficient than its traditional counterpart. The Alliance to Save Energy estimates that a household burning ten 100-light strands eight hours a day for a month would spend almost $175 for large bulbs, about $11 for traditional mini lights, and just over $1 for LEDs.
  • When cooking your holiday meal, the time of day can make a big difference.  During peak periods utilities must produce additional electricity to meet customer demand.  To help lower overall energy consumption, the best time to use electric appliances is 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. – 6 a.m.  For more information see the PSC’s brochure on Reducing Electric Costs at http://www.floridapsc.com.
  • Set your thermostat to 68 degrees in the winter.  Wearing a heavy long-sleeved sweater adds about 3.7 degrees.
  • Use timers to limit light displays to no more than six evening hours.  Leaving lights on 24 hours a day will quadruple energy costs.
  • Unplug phone chargers, electronic devices, or new electric holiday gifts when not in use.  When plugged in, they continue to use energy.
  • Upgrading to energy-efficient appliances is a great holiday gift idea.  Appliances that meet federal efficiency guidelines display an Energy Star label.  For more information on the Energy Star program, visit http://www.energystar.gov.

The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitors safety, reliability, and service.

For additional information, visit http://www.floridapsc.com.

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