Older Floridians, who are living longer, healthier, and richer lives, were honored during May's Older Americans Month, and Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) celebrated by helping seniors learn how to save money on their utility bills.
“Seniors make up a significant portion of Florida’s population, and we want to help them stretch their dollars to better enjoy a favorite activity or pass time,” said PSC Chairman Ronald A. Brisé. “By meeting with seniors one-on-one, we can answer their questions while sharing conservation tips and providing assistance with other community resources.”
As part of its statewide effort for Older Americans Month, this year the PSC partnered with Florida senior centers in Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Palm Beach Gardens, and Miami. The PSC’s educational sessions showed Florida’s seniors ways to save energy and water and highlighted the Lifeline Assistance (Lifeline) discounted telephone service program. For eligible seniors, Lifeline provides a $12.75 monthly credit on local telephone bills – an annual savings of $153. Most telephone companies serving Floridians offer the program, including some cellular companies.
You may be eligible for Lifeline if you receive benefits under one of these federal programs: Temporary Cash Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/Food Stamps, Medicaid, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8), National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program, and/or Bureau of Indian Affairs Programs. You may also qualify if your household income is no greater than 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
Distributed at each event, PSC conservation brochures – Get Wise and Conserve Florida!; Conserve Your World; Drop by Drop: Saving Money on Your Water Bill; Where to Find Help in Florida; Reducing Electric Costs; and A Guide to Utility Assistance in Florida– provided seniors with easy, practical tips for saving resources and money. Below are a few simple conservation tips to get you started:
For additional information on Lifeline – available in English, Spanish, and Creole – tips on conservation or free copies of our consumer publications, contact the PSC at 1-800-342-3552.
For more information on Older Americans Month, contact your local Area Agency on Aging by visiting www.eldercare.gov or calling 1-800-677-1116. Since 1963, communities and agencies across the state and nation have joined in the annual commemoration – a tradition that shows the state’s commitment to celebrating the contributions and achievements of older Florida residents.
For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.
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