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12/20/2013 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC’s 2013 Energy Challenge Raised Conservation Awareness, Saving State Resources, Energy, and Money

TALLAHASSEE — Consumers following the Florida Public Service Commission’s (PSC) Energy Saving Challenge this year, coinciding with Florida’s Viva 500 anniversary celebration, have reason to continue celebrating.  By implementing the PSC’s monthly energy-saving tips, consumers realized energy savings topping 500 kilowatt-hours (kWh) and helped preserve the state’s resources for future generations. 

“Don’t let your energy-saving efforts fall by the wayside in the new year!  Hopefully, our 2013 Challenge instilled some lifelong energy saving habits for Florida’s families,” urged PSC Chairman Ronald A. Brisé.  “Viva Florida 500 marked an important milestone in our state’s history, and the PSC underscored its significance by raising energy conservation awareness, a vital component to continue a strong Florida future.”

Here are a few tips the PSC shared this year to reach the Challenge’s 500 kWh goal:

• 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.

• Keep your refrigerator at 35 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit and clean refrigerator coils monthly.

• “Get your ducts in a row” because leaky ducts can reduce heating and cooling system efficiency by as much as 20 percent.

• Change or clean your AC filter regularly and use your ceiling fan for more comfort.

• Turn your electric oven off 15 minutes before the cooking time is complete. Food will continue cooking as long as the oven door is not opened.

• Try LED (light-emitting diode) holiday lights because LED light strings last longer and are safer to use than traditional incandescent lights.

Visit the PSC’s website to find more energy saving tips.

About Viva Florida 500
“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 appreciate them as a Viva Florida 500 partner.”

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.

During 2013, Florida marks 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

Follow the PSC on Twitter, @floridapsc.