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    Pepper Tree Village Cookout

    Last updated 5 months ago

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    • Aleida Socarras

    FPU was pleased to attend the annual Pepper Tree Village Community Cookout on October 17 in Fernandina Beach.  Thanks to the residents for joining us for a fun day!

    How Do Solar Rebates Work?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Hot water is one of the key indoor conveniences that make modern life so comfortable. Unfortunately, water heating also accounts for a significant portion of your home’s energy spending, especially if you have an older, less efficient tank-style water heater installed. Fortunately, new technology allows Florida residents to take advantage of one of the state’s most abundant natural resources: the sun.

    Solar water heaters can save a homeowner a significant amount of money each year, since they reduce your usage of electricity or gas. Florida Public Utilities Company also offers up to $200 in rebates on qualifying solar water heater installations. To meet the criteria, the water heater must be approved by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, and a licensed contractor must install it to ensure that it is in full compliance with national and local codes.

    If you are interested in installing a solar water heater in your home, and would like to know more about the rebate, call Florida Public Utilities Company today at (561) 832-0872.  

    Steps to Take if You Experience a Power Outage

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Although we take every step that we can to protect our customers against power outages, sometimes the weather in Florida includes high winds that can knock down power lines or other conditions that can interrupt service at a generation station. Interruptions in electricity service may sometimes occur, and in order to stay safe when they do happen, consult the guide below.

    Make Sure Your Drinking Water Is Safe

    If you have an electronic water purification system in your home, it will not be working during a power outage. You will need to make sure that you have safe drinking and cooking water, so be sure to keep a few gallons on hand for just such emergencies. Make sure that you use safe water for all purposes, including dish washing, teeth brushing, hand washing, and any other applications.

    Guard Against Extreme Heat

    When the power goes out, electric fans and air conditioning units will not be functional. In Florida’s hot, humid climate, this can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol while the air conditioning is off, and make a trip to a local convenience store to purchase several bags of ice and store them in a cooler. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

    Check Your Food

    Do not open your fridge or freezer unless you absolutely must during a power outage. If the blackout only lasts four hours or less, your food should be safe. Keep the freezer and fridge doors closed in order to prevent food from warming up. If you have time, transfer all perishables to a cooler full of ice after the first four hours.

    If you are a Florida Public Utilities Company customer, you can call (561) 832-0872 for more blackout safety information. Always step outside to see if the outage is affecting your entire neighborhood, or just at your home. If your neighbors have power, check your circuit breaker box before reporting a full outage to us.

    FPUC Sponsors Beach Run and Walk This Weekend!

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Are you ready for the 6th annual Communities In Schools Family Fun Beach Run/Walk?! This 5K/2K event takes place at Peters Point, Amelia Island on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2:30 p.m. There will be music, dinner, prizes, awards, T-shirts and more for all of the participants. The entry fee is $20 per adult. For more details about this event, check out the News Leader article.

    Preventing Electrical Fires

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Many disastrous home and office fires are the result of improper wiring and other electrical hazards. Sparks can light insulation on your walls or cause your furniture to catch fire. Whether you are a homeowner or an office manager, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of an electrical fire.

    Never use extension cords with heavy duty appliances—plug them directly into the wall instead. If you notice that a cord is frayed or damaged, replace it immediately and do not attempt to repair it. For more tips to help prevent electrical fires, watch this video.

    Florida Public Utilities Company is committed to helping our customers safely use their electricity, gas, and propane appliances. To learn more about safety, call us today at (561) 832-0872. 

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