Seasonal Residents and Vacationers Benefit From Energy-Saving Tips From FPL

Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from Florida Power & Light Company

    JUNO BEACH, Fla., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Florida Power & Light Company says vacationers and part-time residents can
 reduce the amount of electricity they use while away and still protect their
 belongings from damage due to mold and mildew that grow so easily in Florida's
 hot, humid climate.  Seasonal residents making plans to leave for the summer,
 or permanent residents taking a short summer reprieve from Florida's heat, can
 save money and conserve energy by giving their homes an energy break.
     In order to protect belongings from mold and mildew, the energy experts at
 FPL recommend taking steps to eliminate or reduce the cause of its growth.
 Causes for mold and mildew growth include stagnant air, relative humidity of
 70 percent or more and inside temperatures of 82 degrees Fahrenheit.  Two
 other factors promoting mildew growth are cotton fiber and oxygen.
     While air conditioning is the simplest and most effective way to control
 mold and mildew, FPL says it also represents the largest part of the home
 electric bill during the summer.  FPL suggests placing the air conditioning
 system on a timer so that it operates only two hours per day, preferably
 between midnight and 6 a.m., when humidity peaks. In addition, the thermostat
 should be set several degrees cooler than the anticipated nighttime low
 temperature, but not so cold as to cause condensation buildup on the windows.
     FPL recommends programmable thermostats as a good investment for
 controlling energy use, too; because air conditioning use can be reduced, just
 as if the system were on a timer.  Finally, the energy experts at FPL say
 part-time residents and vacationers should at least set the home's standard
 thermostat control to 82 degrees Fahrenheit and the fan switch to "auto" while
 the home is vacant.
     Using a humidistat can control humidity and/or temperature, too.
 "Humidstats work by turning on the air conditioner when the humidity and/or
 temperature exceed the set level," said Patricia Davis, energy expert for FPL.
 "Humidistats are especially effective in controlling the environment for oil
 paintings, wallpaper or other items easily damaged by high temperatures or
 humidity levels," she said.  FPL recommends professional servicing of
 humidistats every one or two years to ensure that the humidistat's element
 remains accurate, reliable, and does not drive up your bill.
 
     FPL offers this advice for other home appliances:
     * Turn the water and swimming pool heaters off, because these two
 appliances will maintain hot water even while the home is vacant.
     * Set the refrigerator at the warmest setting while away.
     * Use timers for security lighting.
 
     Other tips to control moisture include leaving all closet doors, drawers,
 vanities and cabinets open to allow for air circulation.  For the same reason,
 hang all clothing loosely in closets and do not use plastic clothes
 protectors.
     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
     Contact: FPL Corporate Communications, Media Line, 305-552-3888.
 
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SOURCE Florida Power & Light Company
    JUNO BEACH, Fla., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Florida Power & Light Company says vacationers and part-time residents can
 reduce the amount of electricity they use while away and still protect their
 belongings from damage due to mold and mildew that grow so easily in Florida's
 hot, humid climate.  Seasonal residents making plans to leave for the summer,
 or permanent residents taking a short summer reprieve from Florida's heat, can
 save money and conserve energy by giving their homes an energy break.
     In order to protect belongings from mold and mildew, the energy experts at
 FPL recommend taking steps to eliminate or reduce the cause of its growth.
 Causes for mold and mildew growth include stagnant air, relative humidity of
 70 percent or more and inside temperatures of 82 degrees Fahrenheit.  Two
 other factors promoting mildew growth are cotton fiber and oxygen.
     While air conditioning is the simplest and most effective way to control
 mold and mildew, FPL says it also represents the largest part of the home
 electric bill during the summer.  FPL suggests placing the air conditioning
 system on a timer so that it operates only two hours per day, preferably
 between midnight and 6 a.m., when humidity peaks. In addition, the thermostat
 should be set several degrees cooler than the anticipated nighttime low
 temperature, but not so cold as to cause condensation buildup on the windows.
     FPL recommends programmable thermostats as a good investment for
 controlling energy use, too; because air conditioning use can be reduced, just
 as if the system were on a timer.  Finally, the energy experts at FPL say
 part-time residents and vacationers should at least set the home's standard
 thermostat control to 82 degrees Fahrenheit and the fan switch to "auto" while
 the home is vacant.
     Using a humidistat can control humidity and/or temperature, too.
 "Humidstats work by turning on the air conditioner when the humidity and/or
 temperature exceed the set level," said Patricia Davis, energy expert for FPL.
 "Humidistats are especially effective in controlling the environment for oil
 paintings, wallpaper or other items easily damaged by high temperatures or
 humidity levels," she said.  FPL recommends professional servicing of
 humidistats every one or two years to ensure that the humidistat's element
 remains accurate, reliable, and does not drive up your bill.
 
     FPL offers this advice for other home appliances:
     * Turn the water and swimming pool heaters off, because these two
 appliances will maintain hot water even while the home is vacant.
     * Set the refrigerator at the warmest setting while away.
     * Use timers for security lighting.
 
     Other tips to control moisture include leaving all closet doors, drawers,
 vanities and cabinets open to allow for air circulation.  For the same reason,
 hang all clothing loosely in closets and do not use plastic clothes
 protectors.
     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
     Contact: FPL Corporate Communications, Media Line, 305-552-3888.
 
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