October is Energy Awareness Month
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Oct. 3, 2011) –This October, as part of national Energy Awareness Month, Progress Energy encourages its customers to learn how they can reduce their energy use and, in turn, lower their monthly electric bill.
“We are here to help our customers. We know many of them are looking for ways to reduce their electric use and save money,” said Malcolm Barnes, energy efficiency manger for Progress Energy Florida. “Our tips and programs can help customers take control of the amount of electricity they use.”
Replace your HVAC filters. Dirty filters restrict airflow and can cause the system to run longer, using more electricity. Replace the filters once a month for maximum energy savings.
Adjust your thermostat. Running your heating system at 68 – 70 degrees and the air conditioning at 78 degrees can save a typical homeowner more than $300 a year in electric costs. Make sure your system receives professional maintenance each year and look for the ENERGY STAR® label when replacing your system.
Lower the water heater setting. Heating water can account for 14–25 percent of the energy consumed in your home, according to the Department of Energy. Move your electric hot water heater’s setting from 140 degrees to 120 degrees and you can save up to $85 per year.
Consider a clothesline or drying rack. Drying clothes outside on a line or inside on a drying rack saves about 40 cents per load. That savings can add up to $160 a year for an average household. Florida is one of only a handful of states where homeowner associations cannot ban the use of clotheslines.
Contact Progress Energy Florida for a no-cost Home Energy Check. Through the Progress Energy service – which can be performed online, over the phone or in person – a highly-trained Energy Advisor will provide customized, energy-saving advice and determine your eligibility for company rebates toward energy-efficient home improvements. A Home Energy Check also makes customers eligible for significant rebates and incentives for energy-efficient home improvements. To sign up for a no-cost Home Energy Check visit progress-energy.com/save or call 1.877.364.9003.
Think about harnessing the sun. Progress Energy Florida’s second round of solar photovoltaic (PV) rebates begins Oct. 4 through the utility’s innovative SunSense® solar energy program. Qualifying residential and commercial customers can receive rebates of up to $2 per watt for customer-installed solar PV systems. Due to the annual $2 million solar PV incentives cap, the utility recommends that customers apply early. The 2011 program was fully allocated in two days. Progress Energy also offers a rebate of $550 toward the installation of a qualifying solar hot water system, which are typically less expense than PV systems and pay for themselves in energy saving faster. More information about both rebates is available at progress-energy.com/sunsense.
Progress Energy Florida offers more than 100 energy-saving tips, tools and calculators to help customers manage their electric use and monthly bill. Visit www.progress-energy.com for more information or call one of our knowledgeable customer service agents at 800-700-8744.
Energy efficiency combined with alternative energy technologies and state-of-the-art plants – collectively form the balanced solution strategy Progress Energy believes the best way to meet its customers’ short- and long-term energy needs.
Progress Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN), provides electricity and related services to more than 1.6 million customers in Florida. The company is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., and serves a territory encompassing more than 20,000 square miles including the cities of St. Petersburg and Clearwater, as well as the Central Florida area surrounding Orlando. Progress Energy Florida is pursuing a balanced approach to meeting the future energy needs of the region. That balance includes increased energy-efficiency programs, investments in renewable energy technologies and a state-of-the-art power system. For more information about Progress Energy, visit progress-energy.com.