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Progress Energy provides energy efficient makeover for military veteran

United Way designated family gets energy-efficiency upgrades for Memorial Day

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (May 23, 2012) – Progress Energy Florida (PEF) is making the Memorial Day holiday special for an Orlando military veteran in need and his family by providing a home make-over that includes money-saving energy-efficiency upgrades.

Progress Energy contractors and volunteers will complete the make-over at the home of Matthew and Chantele Barner of Orlando, Thursday, May 24.  The Heart of Florida United Way identified the deserving veteran and his family.  

“Progress Energy is proud to assist this deserving veteran,” said Malcolm Barnes, energy efficiency manager for Progress Energy Florida.  “Our military helps ensure our country’s many freedoms, and we are grateful for their service.”

Following a free energy audit of the home, Progress Energy contracted to have the Barners’ duct system tested and repairs completed to ensure that the duct system does not leak cool air into the attic. Also, additional fiberglass insulation was blown into the attic to bring the home to the recommended R-30 level. 

Progress Energy energy auditors estimate the energy-efficiency upgrades at the Barner family home will save hundreds of dollars a year.

  • Estimated annual savings on a home with sealed ducts: $280
  • Estimated annual savings from upgrading attic insulation from R-11 to the recommended level of R-30: $90 a year. 

“Progress Energy is thrilled to help the Barner family and is committed to helping all our customers use energy responsibly to save money,” said Barnes. “Our home energy auditors will make an assessment of your home and make recommendations for energy-efficiency improvements that will make your home more comfortable while saving you money on your electric bill. We even have rebates and incentives to help lower the cost of the improvements.”

The make-over is just another example of Progress Energy admiration and support of veterans. The company has also sponsored Honor Flights sending World War II vets to visit the monuments in Washington, D.C.

The Barners were selected by the Heart of Florida United Way to be the recipient of this energy-efficient makeover. Matthew Barner is a U.S. Navy veteran, serving as a machinists mate on the USS Enterprise from 1996-2000.  He and his wife, Chantele, are employed in the restaurant industry. They have three young children.   

To complete the make-over package for the Barners, Progress Energy volunteers will install weather-stripping around the doors and draft stoppers around the electrical outlets, energy-efficient, solar outdoor lighting for the walkway outside the home, low-flow showerheads, and provide other energy-saving suggestions. Additionally, PEF volunteers will spruce up the yard and provide Florida-friendly plantings.        

A gift basket for the family that will help bring even more energy savings throughout the year with items such as compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) bulbs and HVAC filters for the heating and cooling system.

There are hundreds of ways to save power around the home. Contact Progress Energy Florida for a no-hassle, 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 do all the work for you and provide customized, energy-saving advice and determine your eligibility for company rebates toward energy-efficient home improvements. A Home Energy Check is a prerequisite for all Progress Energy rebates for energy-efficient home improvements.

To sign up for a no-cost Home Energy Check or to learn more than 100 energy-saving tips, visit or call 1.877.364.9003.

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 meet 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

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