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Tampa Electric energy-efficiency blitz

Teams take to the street to help 100 low-income homeowners save energy and money

TAMPA, April 4, 2008

A total of 100 low-income homeowners, who also qualified for the Paint Your Heart Out program, will receive home energy audits and weatherization kits at no cost beginning on Friday, April 4 at approximately 9:00 a.m.

Tampa Electric – in partnership with The Centre for Women and Sam’s Club – will lead nine four-person teams that will visit 50 homeowners on April 4 to conduct energy audits and provide and install free energy-saving items and services to the qualified customers. The second group of 50 low-income homeowners will receive their home energy audits and weatherization kits on April 14.

The homeowners, who are qualified and eligible for the new Tampa Electric Low-Income Energy Conservation Program, will receive a number of free energy-saving items (up to a $200 value), including:

  • Eight energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • A water heater temperature check and adjustment
  • A one-year supply of air filters
  • Weatherization measures, including weather stripping caulk and foam sealant around windows and doors
  • Low-flow showerheads and aerators
  • Water heater wraps
  • Wall thermostat
  • Insulation rebate

The company received approval for its new Low-Income Energy Conservation Program from the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) in September 2007.

Tampa Electric also previously received approval from the FPSC to expand its highly successful and innovative Energy Planner pilot program to all new qualified customers. Energy Planner allows customers to make energy consumption decisions based on near real-time energy prices by using a programmable thermostat provided at no charge. The company expects to launch Energy Planner in June 2008.

The FPSC also approved the company’s plans to add new features or enhancements to its existing residential energy conservation programs, to include:

  • An on-line and telephone audit that will be more convenient for customers and provide them with eight compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Window replacement/upgrades that pay incentives of up to $350
  • A window film program that pays incentives of up to $1 per square foot
  • An in-home Energy Audit that will provide participating customers with eight free compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Heating and cooling program incentives of up to $275
  • Ceiling insulation incentives of up to $200
  • Reduced duct repair fees of $50 (from $79)

Almost 400,000 customers have participated in Tampa Electric’s conservation programs to date. The company has paid incentives and rebates to encourage energy reduction to approximately 300,000 customers.

Tampa Electric began its conservation program initiatives in the late 1970s, prior to any federal or state energy conservation requirements. The company continues to promote conservation to its customers through various existing programs, including its Home Energy Audit, which identifies energy consumption problems, heating and cooling rebates and ceiling insulation programs. From 1981 through 2007, Tampa Electric's conservation programs have offset the need to generate enough electricity to serve 609,000 average size homes over a 12-month period.

Tampa Electric’s other energy-saving programs can be found at:

Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), an energy-related holding company with regulated utility operations in Florida including both Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System. Other subsidiaries include TECO Coal, which owns and operates coal production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia, and TECO Guatemala, which is engaged in electric power generation and distribution and energy-related businesses in Guatemala.

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