October 8, 2009
Energy Awareness Month: FPL's Money-Saving Myth Buster No. 2

Take FPL’s free Online Home Energy Survey to find out ways to save

JUNO BEACH, Fla. – Florida Power & Light Company is ranked No. 1 among electric utilities nationwide in energy efficiency, and we’re committed to helping customers manage the energy they use every day. In celebration of national Energy Awareness Month, FPL is issuing weekly “Money-Saving Myth Busters” to educate customers about common, energy-related misconceptions. Here’s FPL’s Money-Saving Myth Buster No. 2:

Myth: “When my computer is off, it isn’t using electricity.”

Fact: In reality, computers, TVs, DVD players, DVRs, stereos and even cell phone chargers continue to draw power even when they are not in use. There are two easy ways to save energy by preventing these so-called “phantom” loads: 1) unplug electronics when not in use or 2) plug devices into a power strip that you can turn off. A word of caution: shutting off some of these items may require you to reprogram certain functions when you turn them back on so check your owner’s manual to be sure.

While your computer is still powered up, take FPL’s free Online Home Energy Survey to find out which appliances in your home are costing you the most. With the information you provide, FPL can give you a personalized, convenient and expert energy-saving analysis of your home’s energy use. You'll be able to input different scenarios and discover how small changes can impact your energy usage.

FPL's free Online Home Energy Survey also offers you:

  • Specific ways to save money on your electric bill with energy-saving tips for your home
  • An easy way to find out what home appliances cost the most to run and how much they contribute to your electric bill
  • The ability to test your savings by using different thermostat settings
  • An overall guide for an energy-efficient home
  • A printable report detailing specific ideas on how to keep your individual electric bills down


Visit www.FPL.com to learn more.

Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is the largest electric utility in Florida and one of the largest rate-regulated utilities in the United States. FPL serves 4.5 million customer accounts in Florida and is a leading employer in the state with nearly 11,000 employees. The company consistently outperforms national averages for service reliability while customer bills are well below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and the No. 1 energy efficiency program among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based FPL Group, Inc. (NYSE: FPL). For more information, visit www.FPL.com.