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03/25/2013 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Offers March's Tip for Year-Long Energy Challenge

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) is cooking up another energy-saving tip for its 2013 Energy Saving Challenge during Florida’s historic 500th anniversary year.  Participating residents can save up to 500 kilowatt hours (kWh) or more of energy through December that will save them money and help protect resources for future Floridians and visitors to enjoy for another 500 years.

For March’s tip, the PSC urges you to “shop smart and buy Energy Star.”  Appliances account for about 13 percent of your home’s energy use.   So, look for ENERGY STAR appliances in retail stores bearing a yellow sticker that rates the appliance for energy use and projected annual energy costs.

Saving energy in the kitchen starts with the refrigerator, one of the largest energy drains of all major home appliances.  Compared to standard models, ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators use 20 percent less energy.  If you replace your refrigerator, resist the temptation to put the old one in the garage.  Consider purchasing a large cooler to cool beverages for those summertime parties.

“Making your home more energy efficient with ENERGY STAR can help to reduce high energy bills, improve comfort, and help protect the environment,”  PSC Chairman Ronald A. Brisé said.  “During National Consumer Protection Week events this month, we highlighted ENERGY STAR appliances and asked consumers if they ‘Love Saving Energy?’  And, we found a lot of consumers who do!”

Some Easy ENERGY STAR Qualified Refrigerator Tips

  • Keep your refrigerator at 35 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Clean refrigerator coils monthly.  A study revealed that homeowners could cut electricity costs by as much as 3 to 6 percent annually (around $100, or 150 kWh) just by cleaning those coils.
  • Check refrigerator door seals regularly for leaks.  Repairing or replacing a leaking refrigerator door gasket will save energy.

“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

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