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    Weather Alert

    Last updated 6 months ago

    A cold front will cross northeast Florida late this afternoon and Thursday. Freezes are expected every night into the weekend.

    During cold weather it is important to remember the “5 P’s of Cold Weather Safety.” They are:

    • Protect People-Remember to dress in layers and wear a hat and gloves. It is important to try to stay out of the wind and to stay dry. Also, remember to check on young children and the elderly who are the most sensitive to cold weather.
    • Protect Pets-If cold weather is in the forecast, be sure to bring outdoor pets inside or give them a warm shelter to stay in.
    • Protect Plants-Cover cold sensitive plants to protect them from the dangerous temperatures.
    • Protect Pipes-Cover pipes and allow outdoor faucets to slowly drip to prevent from freezing and breaking
    • Practice Fire Safety-Use safe heating sources indoors. Do not use fuel-burning devices such as grills; they release carbon monoxide, which is a deadly gas. Also, make sure to use space heaters according to their instructions and be attentive to open flames.

    Please visit The National Weather Service to get the most updated forecasts and weather advisories concerning this cold front.

    A Peek Inside How Natural Gas Is Made

    Last updated 6 months ago

    If you’re like most natural gas users, you don’t spend much time thinking about exactly how the gas makes it to your home. When you turn on your supply, it simply works, and that is what matters most. However, you may be surprised by the long, fascinating journey natural gas takes from the source to your appliances. Here is a brief look at how natural gas is made and delivered to your doorstep.

    Sourcing Natural Gas

    In the past, companies that sourced natural gas had to painstakingly scour large land masses for the telltale signs of gas leaks on the ground surface that indicate natural gas may lurk below. That process has been revolutionized in the past 20 years. Now, a number of different tools are used to pinpoint natural gas sources, including a range of seismic surveys and imaging tools, geological surveys, and computer-assisted exploration. As a result, it is much easier for companies to locate good sources of natural gas for extraction for residential and commercial use.

    Producing Natural Gas

    When companies locate natural gas, they typically build wells to extract it from beneath the ground. The gas that comes out is not pure enough to be used as a fuel source. The natural gas that is used in your home is methane, but when it is extracted from the ground, it contains oil, water, and a long list of trace compounds. These things are all removed at the extraction site through a series of cleaning processes before the gas is shipped out for use.

    Distributing Natural Gas

    Natural gas is usually distributed to local users via a network of pipes that are fed by a larger, national system of interstate and intrastate pipes. Local energy companies are responsible for managing the natural gas within their service areas and provide consumers with everything they need to use natural gas as fuel within their homes.

    At Florida Public Utilities Company, we’re pleased to offer our customers with a range of energy options, including natural gas and propane. You can find out more about our energy services in Florida by calling (888) 471-0413.  

    Conserve Energy With These Eco-Friendly Appliances

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Do you want to save money on your energy bill? The trick could be swapping out your appliances for newer models. If your appliances aren’t Energy Star rated, they could be up to 50 percent less efficient than new versions.

    In the video, you’ll learn about some of the staggering savings you could net by investing in Energy Star appliances for your home. You can find Energy Star-rated versions of most appliances and electrical equipment, from something as large as a dishwasher to as small as a light bulb. Every investment in an Energy Star product could cut the costs of your utility services.

    Florida Public Utilities Company is committed to helping our customers understand smart energy usage. Contact us today at (888) 471-0413 for tips on conserving energy and to learn about our natural gas and propane services in Central and South Florida. 

    Ask The Energy Expert- New Year's Resolution

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Since we are nearly done with the first month of the year, most all New Year’s Resolutions have already gone by the way side. I would like to present you with a challenge for the next 11 months of the year. Practice energy conservation measures. In doing so, you will conserve a precious commodity and reduce your living expenses. Cooling season is coming soon. For each degree you raise your temperature you save 4-7% of your cooling costs. We recommend setting your thermostat at 78*. If you’ve been setting it cooler, gradually adjust your thermostat about one degree a week until you are at 78*. Your body will adjust. Use ceiling fans but only when you are in the room. If your water heater has a recirculating pump, make sure it has a timer that is set for your schedule. Change out your most used lights for compact fluorescent lights or LED. Make sure any outside lights you leave on all night are high efficiency bulbs. CFLs are 75% more efficient than a standard light bulb. Don’t run your clothes washer or your dishwasher until you have a full load. Most of all, turn things off when not in use.

     When upgrading, consider a natural gas tankless water heater. They only heat water when you need it saving 30% from a standard gas tank water heater. Consider a natural gas clothes dryer. They dry your clothes twice as quickly and use basically no electricity and only a small amount of natural gas. Commit to upgrade one thing that will save energy in your home this year. Upgrade insulation, have your ductwork sealed or upgrade to a high efficiency, variable speed pool pump.  If you follow these recommendations and put your savings aside, you can pay for next year’s New Year’s Eve Party!

    Scott Ranck is Senior Conservation & Energy Specialist at Florida Public Utilities Company. All energy questions may be submitted at www.fpuc.com/energyexpert

    Taking a Look at Some Energy Efficient Appliances for Your Home

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Energy-efficient appliances can have a dramatic impact on your utility bills. Investing in appliances that use a minimum amount of energy, including those that rely on eco-friendly fuel such as propane or natural gas, is a smart idea. If you have older appliances, you can find an energy-efficient replacement for all of them. Here is a look at just a few of your options.

    Clothes Dryers

    According to California Energy Commission’s  Consumer Energy Center, old electric dryers are responsible for as much as six percent of your utility bill. New gas dryers are much more efficient. Because they operate at a higher heat than electric dryers, they can dry clothes up to twice as fast, considerably cutting energy costs. You can increase the efficiency of your dryer by making sure to clean the filter after every load and installing your dryer in a heated space. If you keep your dryer in a garage or unfinished basement, it will have to work harder to reach and maintain an ideal temperature.

    Water Heaters

    For a more efficient water heater, think tankless. Propane-fueled tankless water heaters offer a few benefits. First, they can save you 10 to 20 percent on your utility bill by eliminating standby water waste. Tankless heaters heat water on demand, so only the water you need gets heated. Second, because the water is heated on demand, your family won’t have to fight over who used all the hot water anymore. Everyone will have exactly as much water as they need.

    Ranges

    Like water heaters, energy-efficient ranges offer benefits beyond utility savings. Nine out of 10 professional chefs prefer propane ranges, which are among the most energy-efficient models available. Propane rangers allow you to have more control over cooking temperatures than electric models while reducing your energy costs.

    Florida Public Utilities Company is here to help you make smart energy decisions for your home. We provide propane and natural gas services to Central and South Florida and are always available to help consumers learn more about saving on their energy costs. Call us now at (888) 471-0413 to discover more about our energy services.  

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