Georgia Power celebrates Earth Day statewide

                 Georgia Power celebrates Earth Day statewide

Employees participate in dozens of community events; company provides easy
energy efficiency tips for consumers

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, April 19, 2013

ATLANTA, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Georgia Power employees from across
the state are joining together again this year to celebrate Earth Day on
Monday, April 22, by taking part in dozens of local events in their
communities. From Augusta, where employees will clean up a mile of roadway, to
Athens, where employees will distribute Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs)
at Athens Tech and the University of Georgia, to Ringgold, where employees
will replant trees that were lost due to recent tornados, 2013 is going to be
an active and exciting Earth Day across the Georgia Power network.

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The company's annual involvement in Earth Day activities is part of Georgia
Power's longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship and conservation.
Each year on Earth Day, employees are encouraged to focus on service projects
that help preserve the environment and strengthen the communities in which
they live, work and serve. 

Even if you aren't able to participate in Earth Day activities in your
community, Georgia Power is providing five simple tips to make focusing on
energy efficiency, and saving money, easy this Earth Day:

  oEvaluate your thermostat – Set manual thermostats to 78 degrees in the
    summer for peak efficiency and make the most of programmable thermostats,
    including decreasing use when you're not home.
  oChange air filters regularly – Change standard air filters once a month or
    pleated filters once every three months to help your heating and cooling
    system run more efficiently and produce cleaner air for you and your
  oAvoid "energy vampires" – Many electronics, such as TVs and appliances
    with LED panels, draw power even when off or in standby mode. Use a power
    strip, which you can simply turn off, or unplug electronics when they are
    not in use. 
  oUse compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL's) – Where possible, replace
    standard bulbs with CFLs. They use 75 percent less electricity and last up
    to 10 times longer.
  oDo laundry the smart way – Washing full loads of clothes and avoiding
    "over drying" can dramatically reduce the amount of energy you use. Don't
    forget to clean the lint trap before every load to increase efficiency. 

Georgia Power also offers a variety of ways to help consumers be more energy
efficient throughout the year through its EarthCents^® program - a portfolio
of energy efficiency programs created to help customers save money, use energy
efficiently and protect the environment. EarthCents programs include the Home
Energy Improvement Program, Lighting and Appliance Program, Refrigerator
Recycling Program, and the Commercial Energy Efficiency Program. For details
on additional programs to save energy and money, visit

Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the
nation's largest generators of electricity. The company is an investor-owned,
tax-paying utility with rates below the national average. Georgia Power serves
2.4 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties.

SOURCE Georgia Power Co.

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