Commissioner Adam H. Putnam of Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Helps Us To Save Energy


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I’ve just received 2 emails to be shared with you all:  First:  the press release from  Commissioner Adam H. Putnam of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, below.  I trust  that  it will be of service to many here in Florida:

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services launched a new interactive website today at that will walk homeowners through steps to conserve energy in their homes.


The “My Florida Home Energy” tool was built to provide Florida homeowners with a user-friendly application to analyze their current energy use and identify energy-efficient products and services that will potentially reduce their energy use, along with their utility bills.


“This tool will help Floridians across the state by evaluating their energy use and giving them a variety of options to save energy in their homes,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “The site is easy to navigate and will help many Florida consumers put those energy savings right back into their own pockets.”


The interactive application takes information provided by the homeowner as well as publicly accessible data to determine potential energy-efficient products, improvements or modifications that may be beneficial to consumers in their specific regions. The results are then ranked by cost and anticipated energy savings. The tool was developed through a contract with the University of Florida as required by legislation passed in 2012.

The tool also identifies  resources to help the homeowner put recommendations into action, including:

  • Home energy-efficient products, improvements or modifications.
  • On-site, third-party home energy audits (free utility company audits and fee-based professional audits).
  • Best practices for hiring licensed contractors in their area.
  • Applicable local, state and federal financial incentives related to the upgrades recommended for their home.
  • Project financing options that may impact the feasibility and monetary payback for recommended upgrades.

For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit


2nd: I’ve also received an email from SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association) on: Facing the Challenge of Climate Change

Dear Susan Sun,

This is a watershed moment in our nation’s history. Today, climate change is a real and growing threat to America and the rest of the world.  It’s indisputable. Climate change threatens our economy, our future progress, our health and safety, and even our way of life. Every day, the Earth suffers a little more from human neglect.  We can’t wish this problem away, and pointing fingers won’t solve it, either.

To his credit, President Obama understands that. We commend him for today offering a bold, decisive plan to combat climate change and to mitigate the impacts of carbon pollution. But this isn’t just the President’s legacy at stake – it’s also ours. Let’s not be remembered as the generation of Americans that could have made a difference, but didn’t.

Join us in fighting the challenge together.

America’s solar energy industry is uniquely poised to help. Today, more than 30 utility-scale, clean energy solar projects are under construction, putting thousands of electricians, steelworkers and laborers to work and helping to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. These facilities, along with rooftop solar on homes, businesses and schools, will generate electricity for generations to come.

There is now more than 8,500 megawatts (MW) of cumulative solar electric capacity installed in the U.S. – enough to power more than 1.3 million American homes. What’s more, in the first quarter of 2013, more than 48 percent all new electricity added to the grid was solar. In addition, innovative solar heating and cooling systems are offering American consumers cost-efficient, effective options for meeting their energy needs.

Today, solar employs nearly 120,000 Americans at more than 5,600 companies, most of which are small businesses spread across the United States, making solar one of the fastest growing industries in America. Part of this amazing growth is attributed to the fact that the cost of a solar system has dropped by nearly 40 percent over the past two years, making solar more affordable than ever.

This is our moment in time. America’s solar energy industry stands ready to do our part to help fight climate change and usher in a new era of clean energy in America and around the world. Despite what some critics say, this isn’t a choice between clean energy and a robust economy. We can have both, and solar is showing how to make that possible

Join us.

Thank you for all that you do,

Rhone Resch
President and CEO
Solar Energy Industries Association


Commissioner Putnam, in light of what solar energy can potentially do for state of Florida (the Sunshine State) in job creations, energy security, and economic prosperity, please help us in our effort to launch Solar-FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) For Sunshine State petition & Community Solar Gardens/Farms, explained in .

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