KUA Rolls Out 4-Day Work Week to Save Energy, Gas

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., July 10, 2008 – Kissimmee Utility Authority will adopt a 10-hour, 4-day work week schedule for interested employees, as part of a pilot project that begins July 12.

The 90-day, eco-friendly experiment is designed to reduce the utility’s energy costs, cut pollution and reduce employees’ transportation expenses. The scheduling also allows employees to avoid traveling during heavy commuting hours.

Despite the schedule change, all utility departments will be open and staffed five days a week. In addition, all employees will continue to be available to respond to a hurricane or other widespread disaster.

“This option saves employees 20 percent on their weekly commute costs,” said KUA president and general manager Jim Welsh. “It also allows employees to spend more time with their families and take care of obligations they may not be able to take care of on the weekend.”

The utility plans to evaluate the success of the program in October.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
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