The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) urges consumers to save energy by observing America Recycles Day on November 15.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, less energy is often used when making a new product from a recycled product than creating the new product from raw materials.
Top energy-saving recyclables include:
· Aluminum: It takes 95 percent less energy to make a new aluminum can out of recycled aluminum cans. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.
· Steel: It takes about 60 percent less energy to make new steel products out of recycled steel. The average family in the United States uses 90 pounds of steel a year.
· Glass: It takes half the energy to make new glass out of recycled glass. Recycling one glass container saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
· Fiber: A ton of paper made from recycled fibers conserves 4,000 kwh of electricity.
· Plastics: Along with recycling, plastics can be burned to make energy, since they are made from fossil fuels. Plastic is an ideal fuel for waste-to-energy electric plants.
America Recycles Day is a project of the National Recycling Coalition (NRC), a national non-profit advocacy group with members that span all aspects of waste reduction, reuse and recycling in North America. The PSC supports recycling as a way to conserve energy.
The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitors safety, reliability, and service.
For additional information on the PSC, visit www.floridapsc.com.