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Tampa Electric expects high summer demand, offers energy conservation tips and programs

TAMPA, May 23, 2000

Electric utilities throughout Florida and in various other parts of the United States are expecting the summer's electric demand to be higher than in previous years. Tampa Electric Company encourages all customers to conserve energy to help moderate demand in the state and, at the same time, reduce their summer electric costs.

Suggested conservation measures include the following:

  • Raising thermostat settings by 2 to 5 degrees and keeping settings constant;
  • Keeping refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible;
  • Minimizing the use of major appliances when possible; and
  • Keeping off pool and sprinkler pump systems as much as possible.

The most critical time of the day to conserve energy over the summer is during peak hours, which are from noon to 10 p.m.

To help customers save even more energy and money, Tampa Electric's E-Team of Energy Efficiency Experts offers a number of conservation programs, including free home energy audits, the DuctWorks and Ceiling Insulation programs, and heating/cooling rebates.

Free Home Energy Audit
Our free home energy audit takes about an hour and includes a home inspection, identification of major energy use problems and recommendations for ways to use energy more wisely.

Customers participating will receive a complete checklist covering everything from thermostat settings and filters to air conditioning units, insulation and energy-saving devices.

DuctWorks Program
DuctWorks is designed to help customers fix the costly problem of leaky home air ducts. For a $25 fee, the E-Team will perform a diagnostic duct test in a customer's home. If repairs are needed, Tampa Electric will pay for 75 percent of the repair costs up to $200.

Ceiling Insulation Program
Tampa Electric's ceiling insulation incentive program helps customers reduce energy costs by upgrading a home's insulation. Customers may qualify for a $100 certificate to help pay for upgrading attic insulation.

Heating/Cooling Rebate
Customers replacing an old, inefficient air conditioning system (which includes electric resistance heat) with a new, energy-efficient heat pump that meets Tampa Electric's energy-saving standards may be eligible to receive up to a $250 cash rebate.

For useful summer energy-saving tips, customers can visit the For Your Home section of Tampa Electric's Web site. To sign up for one of Tampa Electric's energy conservation programs, interested customers should call 813/ 223-0800 in Hillsborough County or toll-free (888) 223-0800 outside Hillsborough County.

Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. TECO Energy (NYSE:TE) is a diversified, energy-related holding company headquartered in Tampa. In addition to Tampa Electric, TECO Energy businesses include Peoples Gas, TECO Power Services, TECO Transport, TECO Coal, TECO Coalbed Methane, and Bosek, Gibson and Associates.

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