Simple changes can make a big difference at times of highest energy use
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (June 22, 2011) – During the summer months, Florida’s rising temperatures can cause a seasonal spike in customers’ electric bills. Progress Energy Florida urges customers to take control of their energy use by making simple, energy-efficient changes in their homes.
Consider that, when the outdoor temperature is about 5 degrees warmer than typical, maintaining a home’s internal temperature at 78 degrees may cost an average residential customer with an 1850-square-foot, single family home about $2 more per day. Individual customers’ bills may be higher or lower depending on a number of factors including: home and family size, cooling system efficiency, insulation level and temperature setting.
“While several days of unusually hot weather can lead to a noticeable increase in your electric bill, an extended period of scorching summer sun can make some customers’ energy bills spike,” said Kim Berghoefer, manager of residential energy efficiency programs for Progress Energy Florida. “We encourage customers to contact us for advice and help with energy-saving changes so they don’t have to pay the high price of inefficiency during the dog days of summer.”
Progress Energy recommends that customers take several steps to begin saving energy and money immediately.
These are just a few of the many things customers can do to save energy this summer. Customers seeking additional, customized advice for saving energy at home can sign up for a no-cost Progress Energy Florida Home Energy Check. Through this service, which can be performed online, over the phone or in person, the company’s Energy Advisors provide energy-saving recommendations and determine customers’ eligibility for company rebates toward energy-efficient improvements. To sign up for a no-cost Home Energy Check, call 1.888.302.8348 or visit progress-energy.com/save.
Progress Energy is an industry leader in the development and implementation of programs to help customers save energy and money. Through the company’s energy-efficiency programs, Progress Energy Florida’s customers have collectively saved more than $1 billion in energy costs since 1981, reducing the need for enough electricity to power more than 900,000 homes for a year. In all, Progress Energy Florida currently offers its customers 14 programs and more than 100 energy-efficiency upgrades to reduce their energy bills and carbon footprints.
For more information on Progress Energy’s programs, visit www.progress-energy.com.
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 electricity system. For more information about Progress Energy, visit www.progress-energy.com.
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