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Florida Power & Light reimbursed contractors to paint thousands of homeowners' asphalt shingle roofs white to reflect sunlight – against the advice of the federal government and major roofing manufacturers.

For years, the utility has provided the rebates as one of its programs designed to lower customers' electricity use and bills. FPL customers pay for the programs with proceeds from conservation charges on their electricity bills, and they've paid millions of dollars to have more than 4,000 asphalt shingle roofs coated.

About a dozen FPL customers have complained to state regulators that their roofs started to deteriorate or leak after they were coated. And five others in South Florida filed a lawsuit against FPL and the contractor who did the work. Others have complained directly to the utility or contractor, according to court records.
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Wow. What a cluster f.... The only thing I can't understand is this:

Perez, a retired clothing factory worker who lives with her mother, said when it rains she has to move furniture to keep it from getting wet. "I can't do anything" about it, she said. "It's very difficult."

Why would you let an active leak in your roof continue without fixing it?
 
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