FPL Offers Tips to Take Charge of Energy Use and Save Money

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Florida Power & Light Company

    JUNO BEACH, Fla., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company
 wants to help customers take charge of their energy use and electric bills
 this summer.
     FPL says the largest user of electricity is the air conditioning system
 that represents about 40 percent of your electric bill.  Refrigeration, the
 second highest user of electricity, represents 15 percent of your electric
 bill; water heaters total 14 percent of a homeowner's electric bill.  The
 company offers these tips to help customers weather the high electric bill
 season:
     * Set the thermostat no lower than 78 degrees Fahrenheit during the
 summer.  Each degree above 78 degrees Fahrenheit dramatically increases your
 bill.  Also, set the air conditioner to "auto" not "on."
     * Use ceiling fans in occupied rooms and move the air conditioner's
 thermostat to 80 degrees Fahrenheit to save even more.
     * Turn off ceiling fans in unoccupied rooms to further reduce your
 electric usage.
     * If your central or room air conditioner is more than 10-years old, it
 could be doubling your cooling costs.  FPL may help to pay for replacement of
 your inefficient air conditioning with a new, qualifying high-efficiency
 system or unit.
     * Ceiling insulation can reduce your cooling energy costs by as much as 20
 percent and make your house more comfortable.  Best of all, FPL may help pay
 for this important energy-saving addition.
     * Check or change your air conditioner's filter monthly.
     * Professionally service your central air conditioning system every year
 and the humidistat every one or two years.
     * Periodically use the outside grill and microwave for cooking in place of
 electric kitchen appliances that add heat to living areas and can cause the
 air conditioner to cycle on more often.
     * Set the water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  Make sure
 the power to your water heater is off before adjusting the temperature
 control.
     * Clean refrigerator condenser coils yearly.
     * Set the refrigerator temperature to between 38-40 degrees Fahrenheit.
     * Keep the refrigerator's freezer as full as possible so that the freezer
 does not have to work as hard.
     * Weather-strip doors, windows and around wall-mounted air conditioners to
 prevent cool air from escaping.
     * Caulk between siding and windows and doorframes and beneath windowsills.
 Reduce heat gain through windows and doors with reflective solar film, solar
 screens or exterior awnings.
     * Close interior drapes, blinds or other window treatments to reduce heat
 gain, especially during the hottest time of day.
     * A longer-term solution to reducing electricity use is to plant shade
 trees on the sunny side of your house to provide natural shading.
 
     "Because of increases in the cost of fuel used to produce electricity,
 combined with a much colder than normal winter, our customers already may have
 experienced electric usage and bills that are higher than anticipated.  These
 summer energy-saving ideas may help lessen the impact of higher fuel costs,"
 said Bill Hamilton, FPL's vice-president of customer service and marketing.
 "Fuel costs are passed through.  FPL does not profit from the cost of fuel
 used to generate electricity," Hamilton said.
     FPL reports that a 1,000-kWh residential bill increased from $74.12 to
 $80.55 in January 2001 and to $87.98 starting in April 2001 as a result of the
 increased fuel cost.  Recent actions by OPEC to keep oil prices high, combined
 with a continued strong demand for natural gas, mean no significant reductions
 in fuel costs are anticipated in the near future.
     FPL has taken a number of actions to mitigate the impact of higher fuel
 costs on its customers, such as minimizing its use of higher-priced natural
 gas by "fuel switching" at some of its plants to burn lower-priced oil and
 making economical power purchases from lower-cost, coal-based units of other
 power producers.  In addition, the company sells excess oil-fired generation
 on the market and returns these profits to FPL customers.
     FPL encourages customers who would like to avoid the winter and summer
 spikes in electricity to take advantage of the budget billing program.  This
 program levelizes payments over 12 months to help minimize the impact of a few
 months of high use.
     In addition, customers who participate in FPL's On-Call program can save
 money by allowing FPL to periodically cycle-off appliances, such as central
 air conditioners, water heaters and pool pumps, during times of peak electric
 usage.
     Customers can get additional helpful information, such as no-cost tips,
 low-cost energy efficiency improvements and billing programs, by visiting FPL
 on the Internet at www.fpl.com.  To speak to a representative call
 1-800-DIAL FPL.
     Florida Power & Light Company is the principal subsidiary of FPL Group,
 Inc. (NYSE:   FPL), one of the nation's largest providers of electricity-related
 services with annual revenues of more than $7 billion.  The company serves
 approximately 3.9 million customer accounts in Florida.  FPL Energy, LLC, FPL
 Group's energy-generating subsidiary, is a leader in producing electricity
 from clean and renewable fuels.  Additional information is available on the
 Internet at www.fpl.com.
 
 

SOURCE Florida Power & Light Company
    JUNO BEACH, Fla., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company
 wants to help customers take charge of their energy use and electric bills
 this summer.
     FPL says the largest user of electricity is the air conditioning system
 that represents about 40 percent of your electric bill.  Refrigeration, the
 second highest user of electricity, represents 15 percent of your electric
 bill; water heaters total 14 percent of a homeowner's electric bill.  The
 company offers these tips to help customers weather the high electric bill
 season:
     * Set the thermostat no lower than 78 degrees Fahrenheit during the
 summer.  Each degree above 78 degrees Fahrenheit dramatically increases your
 bill.  Also, set the air conditioner to "auto" not "on."
     * Use ceiling fans in occupied rooms and move the air conditioner's
 thermostat to 80 degrees Fahrenheit to save even more.
     * Turn off ceiling fans in unoccupied rooms to further reduce your
 electric usage.
     * If your central or room air conditioner is more than 10-years old, it
 could be doubling your cooling costs.  FPL may help to pay for replacement of
 your inefficient air conditioning with a new, qualifying high-efficiency
 system or unit.
     * Ceiling insulation can reduce your cooling energy costs by as much as 20
 percent and make your house more comfortable.  Best of all, FPL may help pay
 for this important energy-saving addition.
     * Check or change your air conditioner's filter monthly.
     * Professionally service your central air conditioning system every year
 and the humidistat every one or two years.
     * Periodically use the outside grill and microwave for cooking in place of
 electric kitchen appliances that add heat to living areas and can cause the
 air conditioner to cycle on more often.
     * Set the water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  Make sure
 the power to your water heater is off before adjusting the temperature
 control.
     * Clean refrigerator condenser coils yearly.
     * Set the refrigerator temperature to between 38-40 degrees Fahrenheit.
     * Keep the refrigerator's freezer as full as possible so that the freezer
 does not have to work as hard.
     * Weather-strip doors, windows and around wall-mounted air conditioners to
 prevent cool air from escaping.
     * Caulk between siding and windows and doorframes and beneath windowsills.
 Reduce heat gain through windows and doors with reflective solar film, solar
 screens or exterior awnings.
     * Close interior drapes, blinds or other window treatments to reduce heat
 gain, especially during the hottest time of day.
     * A longer-term solution to reducing electricity use is to plant shade
 trees on the sunny side of your house to provide natural shading.
 
     "Because of increases in the cost of fuel used to produce electricity,
 combined with a much colder than normal winter, our customers already may have
 experienced electric usage and bills that are higher than anticipated.  These
 summer energy-saving ideas may help lessen the impact of higher fuel costs,"
 said Bill Hamilton, FPL's vice-president of customer service and marketing.
 "Fuel costs are passed through.  FPL does not profit from the cost of fuel
 used to generate electricity," Hamilton said.
     FPL reports that a 1,000-kWh residential bill increased from $74.12 to
 $80.55 in January 2001 and to $87.98 starting in April 2001 as a result of the
 increased fuel cost.  Recent actions by OPEC to keep oil prices high, combined
 with a continued strong demand for natural gas, mean no significant reductions
 in fuel costs are anticipated in the near future.
     FPL has taken a number of actions to mitigate the impact of higher fuel
 costs on its customers, such as minimizing its use of higher-priced natural
 gas by "fuel switching" at some of its plants to burn lower-priced oil and
 making economical power purchases from lower-cost, coal-based units of other
 power producers.  In addition, the company sells excess oil-fired generation
 on the market and returns these profits to FPL customers.
     FPL encourages customers who would like to avoid the winter and summer
 spikes in electricity to take advantage of the budget billing program.  This
 program levelizes payments over 12 months to help minimize the impact of a few
 months of high use.
     In addition, customers who participate in FPL's On-Call program can save
 money by allowing FPL to periodically cycle-off appliances, such as central
 air conditioners, water heaters and pool pumps, during times of peak electric
 usage.
     Customers can get additional helpful information, such as no-cost tips,
 low-cost energy efficiency improvements and billing programs, by visiting FPL
 on the Internet at www.fpl.com.  To speak to a representative call
 1-800-DIAL FPL.
     Florida Power & Light Company is the principal subsidiary of FPL Group,
 Inc. (NYSE:   FPL), one of the nation's largest providers of electricity-related
 services with annual revenues of more than $7 billion.  The company serves
 approximately 3.9 million customer accounts in Florida.  FPL Energy, LLC, FPL
 Group's energy-generating subsidiary, is a leader in producing electricity
 from clean and renewable fuels.  Additional information is available on the
 Internet at www.fpl.com.
 
 SOURCE  Florida Power & Light Company

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