This New Year’s, make a resolution to save energy and money
Tampa Electric offers programs and tips designed to help customers save energy
TAMPA, December 27, 2011
As the end of the year approaches, make a New Year’s resolution to save energy and money in 2012. Tampa Electric can help.
Here are a few tips to get 2012 off to a good, energy-efficient start:
- When the weather is chilly, set your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower. Every degree above 68 can add 3 percent to 5 percent to the heating portion of your power bill.
- Only use ceiling fans in occupied rooms. Fans cool people, not furniture.
- Replace your standard incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and save about $30 in electricity costs over each bulb’s lifetime. CFLs use 75 percent less energy.
- Turn off computers and monitors when not in use. Unplug electronics, gadgets and chargers.
- Lower the temperature setting on your water heater to 120 degrees.
- Clean or replace air conditioning filters each month. This helps the unit run more efficiently.
“With just a few behavior changes, customers can really start to save energy – and save some money on their monthly power bills,” said Bruce Narzissenfeld, vice president of Marketing, Customer Service, Business Development and Fuels Operations for Tampa Electric. “For 2012, make a resolution to participate in at least one of Tampa Electric’s many energy-efficiency programs.”
Let the energy experts at Tampa Electric show you how to save energy and money with a free Home Energy Audit. Contact the company to schedule one of its trained energy analysts to inspect your home and identify areas where you can save valuable energy. Customers who are willing to make minor behavioral changes and follow the analyst’s recommendations can save on energy costs. And there's more: with each audit, Tampa Electric will also make a free pack of eight energy-efficient fluorescent light bulbs available to you when you participate.
As part of the audit, the analysts will provide additional information about other energy-saving programs, including:
- Energy Planner – Save 8 percent to 10 percent on electricity costs when you participate in Tampa Electric’s free Energy Planner program. Customers who are willing to make minor changes to when they use electricity can benefit by taking advantage of lower rates for electricity that are available 87 percent of the time. This is made possible through an advanced programmable thermostat the company will install for free.
- Ductwork - A trained professional will seal any leaks in your air conditioning ductwork to help you lower your overall energy consumption. Customers who take advantage of the Ductwork program can save 10 percent to 30 percent on heating and cooling costs.
Schedule a free Home Energy Audit today by calling Tampa Electric’s Energy Management Services at 813.275.3909.
From 1979 through 2010, Tampa Electric has performed more than 406,000 energy audits and paid almost 405,000 rebates to customers who have participated in the company’s energy-efficiency programs – offsetting the need to generate enough electricity to serve more than 729,801 average-size homes over a 12-month period. Tampa Electric offers several rebate programs to both residential and commercial customers. Learn more about Tampa Electric’s energy-saving programs online at tampaelectric.com/save.
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. Tampa Electric serves more than 672,000 customers in West Central Florida. 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 energy-related businesses in Guatemala.