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Cast your ballot for energy savings this Election Day: Save energy and money

TAMPA, October 30, 2012

As Americans head to the polls on Election Day, cast your ballot for energy efficiency: Save energy and money.

A few energy-saving strategies for this election season:

  • Feel like voters are being kept in the dark? Replace your traditional incandescent light 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 than incandescent bulbs.
  • Tired of politicians’ hot air? Maximize the use of your clothes dryer by drying full, consecutive loads, to take advantage of residual heat inside the drum. Better yet, use a clothesline.
  • Recording the debates? Be sure to turn off your digital video recorder (DVR) when not in use. DVRs continue to use energy, even when not recording your favorite political banter.
  • Feeling flush from all the analysis of voter surveys? Run your ceiling fan. Fans cool people, not furniture, so be sure to turn it off when you leave the room.

Tampa Electric offers about 40 energy-saving programs for residential and commercial customers – more programs than any other investor-owned utility in Florida.

You may benefit from Tampa Electric’s newest program, the comprehensive HVAC Maintenance program. It was developed to improve your home's heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system. The program, available to residential customers, enables you to earn a $75 rebate for taking an active role in ensuring your system is operating as efficiently as possible. See for more information.

Tampa Electric offers free home energy audits to customers to evaluate your energy use and provide additional tips to save energy year round. Tampa Electric has performed more than 416,500 free energy audits – and paid almost 426,000 rebates to customers who have participated in the company’s energy-efficiency programs. That’s about as much electricity as it takes to serve 780,000 homes for a year.

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. TECO Energy’s other major subsidiary, TECO Coal, owns and operates coal production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia.

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