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03/08/2011 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Commissioners Accept Conservation Challenge To Kick Off National Consumer Protection Week


TALLAHASSEE — Kicking off National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairman Art Graham today issued a friendly challenge to his fellow Commissioners to practice what they preach in a Conservation Destination Challenge.

From March 8 until the Commission Conference on April 5, Commissioners Graham, Lisa Edgar, Ronald Brisé, Eduardo Balbis, and Julie Brown will earn various points by tracking their conservation efforts on a scorecard during the Challenge.  For example, they will record their energy usage, sign up for energy audits, practice energy efficiency while washing and drying clothes, and install CFL bulbs.  For extra credit, they can encourage a friend to use a CFL bulb or install a low-flow showerhead. 

“A little friendly competition helps us be more aware of what we can do daily to practice conservation, which, in turn, saves energy and reduces our utility bills,” said Chairman Art Graham.  “Everyone can change habits such as turning off lights when you leave a room or powering down your computer.  New conservation practices will impact energy usage and savings for years.”

NCPW, whose national organizers include AARP, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission, highlights consumer protection and education efforts around the country.  Event organizers chose this year’s theme, Information Destination, to focus on the importance of agencies providing widespread consumer information/education. 

The PSC is building on the national consumer theme in the spirit of conservation:  The PSC…Your Conservation Information Destination!  At events in Miami, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Tampa, the Commission will distribute conservation information and assist consumers in signing up for the Link-Up Florida and Lifeline Assistance programs offering discounted telephone service to eligible consumers.

Consumers can visit the PSC’s Web site at www.floridapsc.com for more information on energy and water conservation and the NCPW Web site at www.consumer.gov/ncpw for more NCPW news.

The PSC facilitates safe and reliable utility services at fair prices for Florida's consumers.  Primary responsibilities include setting fair rates, encouraging competition, and monitoring for safety and reliability.



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