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03/07/2008 Contact: 850-413-6482

FPSC Assists Seniors Statewide During National Consumer Protection Week


TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) showed seniors across the state how to save money during the 10th annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), March 2-8, 2008. PSC staff made presentations to more than 800 seniors at 23 centers from Pensacola to Miami.

PSC Chairman Matthew M. Carter II began the week’s activities by showing seniors at the Tallahassee Senior Center how to save money through energy and water conservation.

“Seniors, many of whom are on fixed incomes, need to make their money stretch as far as possible,” said Chairman Carter.  “Conserving means more money in their pockets and helps protect the environment.”

The theme of this year’s NCPW was Financial Literacy: A Sound Investment. Recognized nationwide, the week highlighted efforts to help consumers master the financial facts of life. More information is available at http://www.consumer.gov/ncpw/.

The PSC staff educated seniors on saving energy and water, making informed decisions about telecommunications service, and qualifying for the Link-Up Florida and Lifeline telephone assistance programs.

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 www.floridapsc.com



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