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KEYS ENCOURAGES ENERGY CONSERVATION TO OFFSET HIGH ENERGY BILLS

08/05/2008 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) customers will experience an increase in their August bill of $9.00 per 1,000 kilowatt-hours* (kwh) of energy consumed as a direct result of the cost of fuel.

“Although KEYS purchases a diverse portfolio of energy, the continued rising costs of oil and natural gas have to be passed on to customers,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO. She added that, “additional increases in the coming months are anticipated, but it is important customers understand KEYS does not make a profit on the cost of fuel, rather, the price KEYS pays for fuel is passed along to customers at cost.”

This is the second consecutive month KEYS has had to increase the Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) charge to recover the fluctuating cost of fuel. The PCA was increased from $28.00 per 1,000 kwh to $37.00 per 1,000 kwh for the month of August to keep up with rising costs.

“While KEYS will continue to do everything in its power to keep energy costs low, our customers have the most direct and immediate affect on their monthly energy bill,” said Tejeda. She added that KEYS, “encourages conservation as a means to reduce the cost of monthly energy bills in light of this month’s increase and anticipated increases in the months to come.”

KEYS’ customers should consider these cost saving measures:

- Air Conditioning: In Florida, air conditioning is usually the largest user of electricity in homes. To conserve energy and save money, KEYS’ customers should raise air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees or warmer during summer months. Customers should consider raising their thermostats to 82 degrees or warmer if they are planning on being away from their home for an extended period of time. Customers can save themselves the effort, and make daily temperature adjustments more dependable, by installing a programmable thermostat. Additional home cooling tips for customers to keep in mind are: every month, clean or replace air conditioning filters; once a year, inspect duct work and repair leaking ducts; always keep windows and doors closed when the air conditioning is turned on; use ceiling fans to aid room comfort, but turn fans off when rooms are not occupied; and close curtains or blinds on east- and west-facing windows during the day to reduce heat from the sun.

- Water Heating: Water heating is generally the second largest energy user in a home. To save energy, customers should reduce the temperature setting on their water heater to 120 degrees or lower if they do not use a dishwasher or if their dishwasher has a heating element. Customers can install a timer that can automatically turn the water off at night and on in the morning, and should consider using only cold water for washing clothes.

- Lighting: Customers should replace their most frequently used lights with compact fluorescent light bulbs. Compact fluorescents last longer than incandescent bulbs and produce the same amount of light using significantly less energy. Customers should always turn off lights in any room that is not occupied.

- Miscellaneous: Customers should limit the number of household refrigerators; turn off personal computers when not in use; and limit the time a pool pump runs to six hours per day in the summer.

KEYS’ customers can also access a wealth of energy conservation tips online by logging on to www.KeysEnergy.com and clicking on the Growing Greener Every Day icon. While online, customers can sign-up for a FREE home energy survey, take a FREE online energy survey, and receive information on how to better track their monthly energy usage.

*Kilowatt-hour (kwh): A common unit of electric energy consumption, and the basic unit of electric energy. One kwh is equivalent to 1,000 watts consumed over a period of one hour.

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