Energy Saving Tips For Summer
(That Will Save You Real Money)
Florida’s residents pay an average monthly electricity bill of $126.44 (U.S. Energy Information Administration). Annual electricity expenses in Florida are often 40% higher than the rest of the United States!
During the summer months, the hot and damp nature of the Florida climate can cause a seasonal spike in customers’ electric bills. Consider that just a five-degree increase in outdoor temperature may cost the average homeowner with an 1850-square-foot, single family home about $2 more per day to maintain an internal temperature of 78 degrees.
Some families feel the budget crunch during the long summers, and most people run their AC systems from April through September. You can save money during the summer in Florida by considering some practical energy saving tips. If you use less electricity, control the rate of heat transfer, and monitor the sources of heat inside your home, you can significantly lower your utility bills.
Insulation for Windows
The drapes for windows should be closed to block direct sunlight that can cause an increase in the ambient room temperature. When there is not heat from direct sunlight, the drapes can be opened for indirect sunlight to brighten the room. The heat transfer through a window can also be blocked with window shades and mini blinds to protect the temperature level of the cool air in a room.
Sources of Heat in Your Home
Use a thermometer to find sources of heat inside your home, such as inside a warm living room around a window during a hot afternoon. An awning could be used to provide shade for that window. You can also control the sources of heat inside your home, such as the heat from incandescent light bulbs, by using LED bulbs which generate less heat than incandescent bulbs.
Energy Saving Tips for the Basement & Attic
If you move your home entertainment center to the basement, you could watch television in a cooler environment without increasing your energy costs because the heat inside your home will rise into high spots such as cathedral ceilings or up into the attic. Use a thermometer to check the ambient temperature inside your attic and inspect for problems from heat transfer through the roof into the attic, such as from an inadequate layer of insulation. Consider Insulating the attic access door!
Energy Costs from Cooking
Include more fresh fruits and vegetables in your Summer diet to control the energy costs from using the oven. Cook the meat for your meals during evening hours when lower ambient temperature inside the kitchen require less air conditioning than during the afternoon hours. You could avoid a hot kitchen by planning to cook a roast for Sunday on Saturday night!
Thermostats can be used to regulate the ambient temperature inside specific rooms that are isolated cool spots inside your home. A professional electrician can give you information about the remote-control and programmable features for smart thermostats, such as for using a higher temperature setting at night. You can often control zones in your house, so it’s just cool where you are sleeping at night without having to cool then the whole house.
Tasks for Evening Hours
Schedule your household chores for the evening hours. When it’s cooler at night, you will experience less discomfort while you are vacuuming the carpets and mopping tile floors. The thermostat could be kept at a higher temperature setting during the day if you are not trying to cool down from doing chores.
Energy Cost of Hot Water
You could try to use less hot water during the summer months, such as only using cold water in your clothes washing machine. This would help reduce the energy costs for your water heater. If you are satisfied with using cold water to wash your clothes, you could decide to lower the overall temperature setting on your water heater.
Use a daily log to determine the number of kilowatt-hours that you are using each day if you are curious about what impact some of these adjustments are making. With that information, you could evaluate your energy-efficient methods, and decide which ones you feel are worth the investment or sacrifice. A professional electrician can assess your home and offer you some suggestions for reducing your energy costs, such as installing an LED lighting system. Or you could simply decide to replace your incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient CFL light bulbs. Either way, measuring the results will help you see just how much money you can save being more energy conscious and efficient.
Florida Power and Light offers a free Home Energy Survey to help customers identify how they can reduce their electric use and save money. Through this service, the company’s energy advisors provide energy-saving tips and recommendations.
An FPL Energy Expert will:
- Inspect your home’s energy usage
- Provide valuable tips on how to maximize your home’s energy efficiency
- Provide energy solutions specific to your household needs
- Review FPL programs and incentives that may be available to you
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