When you get that first big electricity bill of the summer, you may be in for a surprise. It’s not cheap to keep a home cool during the hottest months of a Florida summer. The good news is that you can take some substantial steps to start saving on energy right away.
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Here are some effective ways you can start saving on energy this summer:
- Check the temperature on your water heater. Most households can get hot enough water for household uses with the thermostat set at 120 degrees. Setting your water heater temperature higher than that is a waste of energy.
- Use the energy-saving settings on appliances. Many refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers have energy-saving modes. Check the appliance manuals and start using those settings when possible.
- Check the age and condition of your appliances. If you have an old refrigerator, you may want to replace it before it wears out. Machines older than 10 years use more energy than you think.
- Check air filters. If air filters on cooling equipment get clogged, your A/C or heat pump will have to work overtime. Simply replacing the air filter, or cleaning a reusable filter, will allow the system to work less and lower your energy costs.
- Go through the house and replace incandescent bulbs with more efficient bulbs. Compact fluorescent bulbs are an affordable option that will use up to 75 percent less energy than a regular incandescent bulb. It also lasts up to 10 times longer. An LED bulb use up to 80 percent less energy than an incandescent bulb while lasting up to 20 times longer.
- Turn on the ceiling fans. Ceiling fans create a cooling effect in an occupied room, allowing you to reset the thermostat a few degrees higher.