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11/01/2013 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Assists with Habitat for Humanity Energy Efficient Home Build

TALLAHASSEE — Bringing their energy expertise from the meeting room to the construction site, Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairman Ronald A. Brisé and senior staff today volunteered at a local Big Bend Habitat for Humanity (BBHH) build to help a low-income family construct an energy efficient home and to highlight the value of energy conservation.

“Starting from the ground up, when a home’s construction includes energy efficient heating and cooling systems, windows, doors, and insulation, the family will save on their monthly electric bill,” said Chairman Brisé. “Habitat is known for including energy conservation features in its construction and rehabilitation projects that provide families in need with comfortable, energy- saving homes.  We are happy to be assisting BBHH with this build today.”

“With a few simple fixes, such as switching to CFLs, regularly changing air filters, improving insulation, and caulking cracks in window and door seals,” Chairman Brisé continued, “we can all make our homes more energy efficient and save not only the environment, but also money on electric bills.”

Today’s PSC volunteer build with BBHH also recognized the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Habitat for Humanity partnership established as part of its “Anybody Can Serve, So Let’s Conserve” campaign. NARUC Commissioners, including Florida PSC Commissioners, are encouraged to “volunteer at various Habitat projects around the country and share their expertise on energy issues.”

BBHH has expanded beyond traditional homebuilding to acquire and rehabilitate vacant/foreclosed housing stock and provide critical home repairs and weatherization for existing homeowners including returning veterans.  Habitat’s work bolsters the local economy, creates jobs, and strengthens some of Florida’s most at-risk communities.

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