FPL Blog http://www.fplblog.com Tue, 26 Jan 2016 21:12:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Can smart thermostats save me money? http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/can-smart-thermostats-save-me-money/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=can-smart-thermostats-save-me-money http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/can-smart-thermostats-save-me-money/#comments Tue, 26 Jan 2016 21:12:12 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3942 http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/can-smart-thermostats-save-me-money/feed/ 118 Does running the heat really cost three times as much as A/C? http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/does-running-the-heat-really-cost-three-times-as-much-as-ac/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=does-running-the-heat-really-cost-three-times-as-much-as-ac http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/does-running-the-heat-really-cost-three-times-as-much-as-ac/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2016 21:04:52 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3936 http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/does-running-the-heat-really-cost-three-times-as-much-as-ac/feed/ 165 FPL Celebrates 90th Anniversary http://www.fplblog.com/uncategorized/fpl-celebrates-90th-anniversary/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fpl-celebrates-90th-anniversary http://www.fplblog.com/uncategorized/fpl-celebrates-90th-anniversary/#comments Mon, 28 Dec 2015 20:25:13 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3924 As we pause to enjoy the holidays, there’s another event worth celebrating. Today, December 28, Florida Power & Light Company marks 90 years of serving the state. We’ve come a long way from 1925 when our company consisted of small electric generating plants, telephone, sawmill and street car companies, a steam laundry, an ice factory, a sponge fishing boat, and a limestone quarry with 35 mules and wagons.

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At the time, there were about 1.25 million residents in Florida. Our company motto was “Helping Build Florida,” and that we did. When we started, we generated 70 megawatts of energy through less than 1,400 miles of line for about 76,000 customers. Fast forward nine decades, we now generate more than 25,000 megawatts through more than 70,000 miles of line and serve 4.8 million accounts — about half of the 20 million people who call the Sunshine State home.

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While we are proud of our contributions and awards, such as being recognized in 2015 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities and winning the prestigious ReliabilityOne™ National Reliability Excellence Award for best electric performance and reliability in America, FPL wouldn’t be where it is today were it not for the commitment to excellence and unwavering focus on safety from our 8,700 employees.

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We’ve made great strides towards a cleaner and safer environment, but more work lies ahead. Next year, we’re tripling our solar capacity with three new grid-scale plants powered by the sun. What started out as “shooting the poles” with dynamite in the 1920s has evolved into the nation’s most advanced electric grid.

Our steadfast commitment to helping provide our customers with a superior value proposition, highlighted by high reliability, affordable bills that are 30 percent below the national average and less today than were 10 years ago, award-winning customer service and one of the cleanest emissions profiles in the nation – are tangible examples of the customer-centric approach that we will continue to practice every day. We look forward to the next 90.

St. Augustine Ice Plant on February 17, 1925.

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The Ultimate List of A/C Tips http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/the-ultimate-list-of-ac-tips/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-ultimate-list-of-ac-tips http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/the-ultimate-list-of-ac-tips/#comments Tue, 01 Dec 2015 21:35:28 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3917 http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/the-ultimate-list-of-ac-tips/feed/ 115 Which home electronics use the most energy? http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/which-home-electronics-use-the-most-energy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=which-home-electronics-use-the-most-energy http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/which-home-electronics-use-the-most-energy/#comments Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:05:27 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3891 http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/which-home-electronics-use-the-most-energy/feed/ 124 FPL’s low bills deliver boost to small businesses http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/fpls-low-bills-deliver-boost-to-small-businesses/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fpls-low-bills-deliver-boost-to-small-businesses http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/fpls-low-bills-deliver-boost-to-small-businesses/#comments Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:02:07 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3889 Florida Power & Light Company’s low bills continue to fuel more than 460,000 small and medium businesses across 35 counties in Florida.

We are changing the current once again, projecting another rate decrease in 2016.

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“FPL’s low bills are game-changers,” said Janelle Lang, owner of Shoppe 561 in West Palm Beach. “Saving money not only allows me to invest in other aspects of my small business, but it allows me to give back to the community. We are proud to be a business partner with Palm Beach Public and South Olive elementary schools and support Hope House, a safe house for girls rescued from human trafficking.”

Shoppe 561 showcases handmade goods from more than 70 Florida artisans throughout the state along with a classroom offering soap making, flower arranging, cake decorating and perfume making.

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The store’s already low bills from FPL got even lower in 2014 when Lang requested a Business Energy Evaluation. The free, customized service identified ways to slash energy use at Shoppe 561 and, combined with FPL’s commitment to drive down bills, saved the store 9 percent on electricity compared to last year.  

“FPL provided me with a thorough report when I took advantage of the Business Energy Evaluation,” Lang said. “A business energy advisor from FPL showed me the amount of energy some lights in my business consumed. It’s why I made the switch to motion lights in our classroom and LEDs in other parts of the store.”

Lang said she was able to invest the savings back into her business at the perfect time.

“FPL’s low bills allowed me to buy another iPad and cash drawer,” Lang said. “It will ensure a great customer experience during our peak days, special events and holiday shopping season.

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Shop Smart, Shop Local

This holiday season, we encourage all our customers to shop smart by extending Black Friday and shopping local for Small Business Saturday®. It’s where you’ll find creative and unique gift options not available in big-box stores.

Small businesses like Shoppe 561 fuel the American entrepreneurial spirit. They form the foundation of our local economies, help shape our local communities and provide a sense of character.

Shopping locally can have a tremendous impact because your money stays in the community, helping create local jobs and making hometowns great. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Do your part to boost the economy on Small Business Saturday® and shop local.

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Which smart appliances will help you save? http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/which-smart-appliances-will-help-you-save/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=which-smart-appliances-will-help-you-save http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/which-smart-appliances-will-help-you-save/#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2015 14:55:27 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3856 http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/which-smart-appliances-will-help-you-save/feed/ 101 Safety tips for Halloween http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/safety-tips-for-halloween/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=safety-tips-for-halloween http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/safety-tips-for-halloween/#comments Thu, 24 Sep 2015 15:52:01 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3858 LED lit pumpkins

For children, the only two things to worry about for Halloween is getting a great costume and gathering heaps of candy. However for parents, along with the fun comes the need to keep kids safe while they canvas the neighborhood in the dark of night. Here are a few easy, energy-efficient tricks to make sure your family’s Halloween is a safe treat:

For Halloween costumes:

  • LED shoelaces and hair extensions: Make your trick-or-treater standout and stay safe with LED shoelaces and hair extensions. Not only are they easy to use, but children love them enough to wear year round!
  • LED glow stick necklaces and bracelets: The perfect accessory to make any costume pop, glow sticks can be worn as a necklace or bracelet. Plus, you can toss one into their candy basket for a fun way to help them keep tabs on their loot.
  • Clip-on light reflectors: They complement any costume and are easy to use. Most importantly, clip-on reflectors catch the eyes of drivers passing through neighborhoods.

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For your home and yard:

  • Glow sticks: For a fun way to mark potential hazards, just insert into a balloon. Once inflated, draw fun and scary faces and then tape them to either low hanging branches or tripping hazards.
  • LED lights: Insert into empty milk cartons and draw ghostly faces on them for fun and inexpensive décor.
  • LED tea lights: Just turn one on and place it in your carved pumpkin – simple as that! It will make your masterpieces stand out and help you avoid the fire hazard of regular candles.  
  • LED lightbulbs: Light up the yard and show neighbors your home is Halloween Central by swapping out porch lights with colorful, energy-efficient LED lights.
  • Solar-powered LED pathway lights:  Keep trick-or-treaters safe by lining your yard with Halloween-themed, solar-powered pathway lights. They use the sun to charge during the day and then brighten your driveway and walkway at night.

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Did you know energy phantoms haunt us year-round? Check out tricks you can use every day to keep those energy-suckers away. www.FPL.com/OHES.

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The best A/C settings if you’re away during the day http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/the-best-ac-settings-if-youre-away-during-the-day/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-best-ac-settings-if-youre-away-during-the-day http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/the-best-ac-settings-if-youre-away-during-the-day/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:44:30 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3838 http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/the-best-ac-settings-if-youre-away-during-the-day/feed/ 280 Don’t forget these 5 things as you get ready http://www.fplblog.com/storm-center/dont-forget-these-5-things-as-you-get-ready/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dont-forget-these-5-things-as-you-get-ready http://www.fplblog.com/storm-center/dont-forget-these-5-things-as-you-get-ready/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:05:13 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3842 We always hope that customers prepare for a tropical storm or hurricane well before a storm is even on the horizon. But, for all of us, there are always those last-minute things that we need to do when a potential storm becomes more and more of a reality.

We all know the big items, like putting up shutters and buying non-perishable food and water. Some other important things may not be so top of mind. Here are five things you should remember to do in the days leading up to Tropical Storm Erika: 

  1. Locate radio, flashlights and batteries. Open that closet, storage bin or drawer where you keep items like this and double check that you have what you’ll need if the power goes out. This means locating or buying a battery-operated radio, flashlights and a two-week supply of fresh batteries. Remember – never use candles in times like this.
  1. Look up and look out. If you find yourself using a ladder or tools while preparing your home for the storm, always look up for power lines and look out, or around you, to ensure that you’re at least 10 feet away from power lines before lifting a ladder or extending any other tool.
  1. Turn things off and unplug. If you don’t need it, or you’re not using it – turn it off and unplug it. For your safety, also unplug your TV if you plan to take down a satellite dish or antenna.
  1. Secure important records and information. Put important documents in a safe and waterproof location. Also, make sure information, like your FPL account number, are readily available. Knowing your account number will help you quickly access your account online at FPL.com or by phone at 1-800-4OUTAGE.
  1. Stay connected. To get the information you need in these days leading up to the storm and after, save these links to our mobile-friendly resources:

When a tropical storm/hurricane approaches, safety is always our first priority. We urge you to make it your top priority, too. View our other safety tips online to ensure you have everything covered.

For more information on Tropical Storm Erika and what FPL is doing to prepare, visit FPL Newsroom.

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The best ceiling fan settings for summertime http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/the-best-ceiling-fan-settings-for-summertime/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-best-ceiling-fan-settings-for-summertime http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/the-best-ceiling-fan-settings-for-summertime/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:48:07 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3829 http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/the-best-ceiling-fan-settings-for-summertime/feed/ 357 On or off? What you should do before leaving for your summer trip http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/on-or-off-what-you-should-do-before-leaving-for-your-summer-trip/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=on-or-off-what-you-should-do-before-leaving-for-your-summer-trip http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/on-or-off-what-you-should-do-before-leaving-for-your-summer-trip/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:01:28 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3822 http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/on-or-off-what-you-should-do-before-leaving-for-your-summer-trip/feed/ 150 Myth or not? Ceiling fans reduce A/C costs http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/myth-or-not-ceiling-fans-reduce-ac-costs/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=myth-or-not-ceiling-fans-reduce-ac-costs http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/myth-or-not-ceiling-fans-reduce-ac-costs/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 20:20:38 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3809 http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/myth-or-not-ceiling-fans-reduce-ac-costs/feed/ 201 Water heaters: Turn off or leave on? http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/water-heaters-turn-off-or-leave-on/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=water-heaters-turn-off-or-leave-on http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/water-heaters-turn-off-or-leave-on/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:23:08 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3798 http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/water-heaters-turn-off-or-leave-on/feed/ 247 Top 5 energy users in your home http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/top-5-energy-users-in-your-home/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=top-5-energy-users-in-your-home http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/top-5-energy-users-in-your-home/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:48:58 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3787 http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/top-5-energy-users-in-your-home/feed/ 112 The best A/C settings for seasonal customers http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/the-best-ac-settings-for-seasonal-customers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-best-ac-settings-for-seasonal-customers http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/the-best-ac-settings-for-seasonal-customers/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:01:26 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3780 http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/the-best-ac-settings-for-seasonal-customers/feed/ 306 8 tips to stay safe during cold weather http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/8-tips-to-stay-safe-during-cold-weather/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=8-tips-to-stay-safe-during-cold-weather http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/8-tips-to-stay-safe-during-cold-weather/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:28:33 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3774 As temperatures drop in Florida, you may be tempted to pull out your space heater to stay warm. While space heaters may provide an extra source of heat, it’s important to take proper precautions and stay safe:

  1. Use space heaters for only limited amounts of time and not as a primary heat source.
  2. Direct the heater to warm people, not space.
  3. Keep flammable materials such as bedding, clothing, draperies, rugs and furniture at least three feet away from the heater.
  4. Keep children and pets away from the heater.
  5. Keep space heaters away from water to avoid electric shock.
  6. Turn off and unplug the heater when leaving the room for an extended period of time.
  7. Avoid using extension cords.
  8. Only purchase a space heater with an automatic turn off feature to prevent fires if the unit tips over.

For tips on heating your home, visit http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/heating-your-home/.

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Water heating http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/water-heating/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=water-heating http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/water-heating/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 18:27:19 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3759 http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/water-heating/feed/ 228 More sunshine on the way: FPL continues its successful affordable clean energy strategy with three more solar power plants http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/more-sunshine-on-the-way-fpl-continues-its-successful-affordable-clean-energy-strategy-with-three-more-solar-power-plants/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=more-sunshine-on-the-way-fpl-continues-its-successful-affordable-clean-energy-strategy-with-three-more-solar-power-plants http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/more-sunshine-on-the-way-fpl-continues-its-successful-affordable-clean-energy-strategy-with-three-more-solar-power-plants/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:51:19 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3761 At FPL, we love solar. We know that it is an important part of our state’s energy mix, so we’ve been working hard to find ways to advance solar energy in the Sunshine State without increasing electricity costs.

Currently, solar power – even the most economical large-scale installation – is generally not yet cost-effective in Florida, due in part to its higher costs compared to our highly efficient system and low electric rates. I’m excited to share a cost-effective plan we’ve developed to triple the amount of solar energy we use to serve our customers.

Our plan for solar in the Sunshine State
By the end of 2016, we’re planning to build three new solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants totaling about 225 megawatts of new solar capacity. The new plants will join the 110 megawatts of existing utility-scale solar at three plants that FPL operates, along with more than 100 smaller solar PV systems across 23 counties in the communities that we serve. The three new plants are: 

  • FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center – DeSoto County, near Florida’s first large-scale solar plant, which FPL commissioned in 2009
  • FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center – Charlotte County, in coordination with and support of the county and Babcock Ranch community
  • FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center – Manatee County, on the site of an existing fuel-efficient natural gas power plant that FPL operates 

Our commitment to a clean energy future
There’s no simple, silver-bullet solution to meet our energy needs. As our state’s population and economy continue to grow, it’s important to maintain a diverse mix of energy sources to power our electricity needs. We already produce electricity for your home using clean energy sources, such as solar, zero-emissions nuclear and low-cost, U.S.-produced natural gas.

As the cost of solar panels declines in the future, we’re optimistic that we can add even more solar energy to complement natural gas and nuclear to ensure reliable service for you in the future.

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