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Tampa Electric’s new energy-saving program installs measures at no cost

Neighborhood Weatherization Program helps low-income families save energy and money

TAMPA, June 19, 2012

In an effort to help the community use energy more wisely, Tampa Electric has created an innovative new program to install energy-saving items in thousands of low-income homes across West Central Florida at no cost to homeowners. Using the measures, residents could save more than $100 a year.

The company’s new Neighborhood Weatherization Program began earlier this month with about 300 homes in the Sulphur Springs community, located about five miles north of downtown Tampa. Installation will continue through the end of this year.

“The new Neighborhood Weatherization Program will allow us to assist the customers who need the most help,” said Heather Santana, weatherization program manager at Tampa Electric. “We will educate residents on the best ways to save energy and money, so they can continue to benefit from the program for years to come.”

In addition to energy-saving tips and advice, the Neighborhood Weatherization Program will provide at no cost:

  • Energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Weather stripping for windows and doors
  • An insulated wrap for water heaters
  • Low- flow showerheads and aerators
  • Wall thermometer, coil refrigerator brush, filter whistle and more
  • Some homes also may qualify for free ceiling insulation and duct sealing.

Combined, these items are valued at approximately $700. Homeowners could see an average annual savings of $108*on electricity costs.

By the end of 2013, Tampa Electric hopes to install energy-saving items in 2,500 homes. The program selects homes by using U.S. Census data to identify qualified neighborhoods based on income.

In each qualifying neighborhood, Tampa Electric will host a community meeting for residents to hear more about energy-saving measures that will be installed and to get answers to questions about energy saving techniques. In the Sulphur Springs, the community meeting was held May 24 at the Springhill Park Community Center.

Visit to learn more about Tampa Electric’s Neighborhood Weatherization program. This page will also include a map of areas where we will be installing energy-saving items.

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

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 nearly 676,000 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.

*Actual energy savings may vary based on individual energy-use habits, home characteristics and the measures installed.

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