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02/18/2013 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Offers February Energy Challenge Tip for 500 kWh Annual Savings

TALLAHASSEE — Throughout Florida’s historic 500th anniversary year, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) will help our state continue its longevity by providing monthly energy conservation tips—the 2013 Energy Saving Challenge.  Participating residents can save up to 500 kilowatt hours (kWh) or more of energy through December that will save them money and help protect Florida’s resources for residents and visitors to enjoy for another 500 years.

In January, the PSC Challenge began by encouraging consumers to get a free home energy audit and use compact fluorescent bulbs.  After your home energy audit, there may literally be a houseful of energy saving changes available.  The PSC Energy Saving Challenge will help you improve one area at a time.

Your February energy challenge addresses your home’s heating and cooling system, comprising about 50 percent of your utility bill.  You can save money and increase your comfort by properly maintaining your equipment. This, combined with recommended thermostat settings, can significantly cut your heating and cooling energy use—and reduce environmental emissions.

“Saving 500 kWh of energy annually will have lasting impacts for residents who make conservation habits a way of life and for the state resources that are preserved,” PSC Chairman Ronald A. Brisé said.  “The more residents who commit to follow our 2013 Energy Saving Challenge, the more energy will be saved this year and for years to come.”

Hands-on tips include:

  • Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter–usually 68 degrees–and as high as is comfortable in the summer–usually 78 degrees, as well as when you’re sleeping or away from home.
  • Clean or replace filters on furnaces and air conditioners once a month.
  • Clean air registers and make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.

“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

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

For additional information, visit

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