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Turn Black Friday green with energy savings in mind

Looking for energy efficient gifts will spread holiday cheer all year long 
ST. PETERSBURG, Fl. (November 21, 2011) – Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the kick-off of the holiday shopping season and is noted for huge sales and fabulous bargains. But, a deal in the store could end up adding more to the electric bill once those presents are used on a regular basis. Progress Energy Florida suggests that shoppers add energy efficiency to their holiday shopping lists for year-long savings. Your energy–efficient gifts will help your family and friends not only go green, but it will save them greenbacks on their electric bill.  

“If you are purchasing big items, like household appliances, look for the ENERGY STAR® label,” said Malcolm Barnes, energy efficiency manager for Progress Energy Florida. “ENERGY STAR® appliances use less energy, sometimes half as much, to perform their normal duties saving you hundreds of dollars in energy costs every year.”

If your gift list includes a computer, consider a laptop. Laptops typically use 50 percent less power than desktop computers. Before you buy that big screen TV, make sure that you look at the energy costs. ENERGY STAR® televisions are ensured to be 40 percent more energy efficient than earlier models regardless of the type (LCD, LED, or plasma). Those energy savings means your Christmas gifts keep on giving year round.

Progress Energy recommends the following tips to make your holiday gifts more energy efficient:
• Keep it simple. Avoid buying products that include “bells and whistles” you don’t need. Some of these extra features might waste energy.
• Stuff the stocking with a strip. An easy way to cut electric use is to plug electronics into a power strip; then turn the strip off to prevent items from draw energy in “stand by” mode. Smart power strips do the work for you by automatically cutting off power when devices are not in use.  And those cube shaped- transformers that plug into the wall that come with so many electronic items, are 60-80 percent inefficient when plugged in, so it is especially important that these are on power strips.
• Solar-powered battery chargers make great gifts. Look for ENERGY STAR® rated or solar-powered chargers for cell phones, MP3 players, power tools and more.

After all the gifts are opened, you can spread your energy savings throughout the year by simply visiting the Progress Energy website at 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 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


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