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Tampa Electric prepared for approaching cold weather

TAMPA, December 14, 2004

Tampa Electric closely monitors cold weather forecasts. The company also monitors its generation capacity and, with the first cold snap of the season approaching, is predicting high demand for Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.

Through Tampa Electric’s forecasting efforts, the company is able to plan and prepare accordingly to accommodate peak periods of energy use. However, in cold weather, as with any type of inclement weather, occasional outages are possible. Typically, they are small, localized and repaired quickly.

“Our system is in good shape to provide electricity and reliably deliver it to our customers during the cold weather,” said Tom Hernandez, Vice President-Energy Delivery and Customer Service. “We are preparing for the cold-front and expect to meet our customer’s needs,” said Hernandez.

During cold weather there is an increase in energy usage. The increase is linked most directly to heating customer’s homes.

Cold weather energy conservation is always a good idea. Here are some tips to help customers lower cold weather increases to their bill and save energy:

Home heating will have the biggest impact on your energy bill. Lower your thermostat to 65 - 68 degrees. Keep the settings constant.

Minimize use of major appliances during cold snaps.

Turn off all unnecessary lighting.

Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120 -140 degrees and limit hot water usage.

Keep freezer and refrigerator doors closed. Make sure they are properly sealed. Set thermostats at proper temperatures to achieve best energy efficiency.

Repairing or replacing weather-stripping or caulking around doors and windows will offer longer-term savings.

For more energy-saving tips visit Save Energy.

Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), an integrated energy-related holding company with core businesses in the utility sector, complemented by a family of unregulated businesses. Tampa Electric Company is a regulated utility with both electric and gas divisions (Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System). Other subsidiaries are engaged in waterborne transportation, coal and synthetic fuel production and independent power.

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