Money-Saving Tips That Can Make a Huge Impact on Your Energy Use
It’s summer here in Florida, and you know what that means – it’s HOT! Luckily we have air conditioning running to keep us cool and comfortable. But the electric bill goes way up in the hotter months. How can we save money on our home energy?
“The average household in Florida spends about $2,000 a year on energy bills“
Household Energy Use in FloridaU.S. Energy Information Administration
Before you give up your A/C, there are ways to reduce your monthly electric bill. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when determining where to start. So here is our list of things to do if you want to save money on your home energy.
Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
Energy-saver light bulbs and LED lights are a great way to consume less energy. LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes) are a type of solid-state lighting that is energy efficient and big wallet saving. Not only can use 90% less energy with the same amount of light, but it’s also a much longer lasting light bulb. That’s really smart!
Money Saving Routine:
Get in the habit of turning the light off if you’re the last person to leave the room. Involve the entire family to maximize your savings.
Room and Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans use less energy than an air conditioner and are a simple solution to lowering your electricity bill. These fans can not replace an air conditioner but instead complement it. Fans in general move the air like a natural breeze and this cools your skin more than an A/C alone. Using fans with your air conditioner at a higher setting will keep you just as comfortable while saving you money.
A programmable thermostat can save you up to 10% per year on your energy bills according to the Department of Energy. This type of thermostat allows you to set the temperature to a comfortable level while at home and lower it automatically when away.
Weather Stripping Replacement
Check for noticeable cracks around doors and windows where air can leak in or out and seal them with weather stripping. Your local hardware store can help you choose the right weather stripping for your needs. Take measurements and a photo of the doors and windows to aid in your reference while at the store.
Upgrade Old Appliances
Dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, and water heaters provide the comforts of modern living, but upgrading old appliances to Energy Star rated ones will save energy. However, simply adjusting how you use your current machines can reduce your energy bill. For example, only run your dishwasher when there is a full load. You can also use cold water more often to wash your clothes.
Money Saving Routine:
Start saving money today by adjust the way you use your existing resources more efficiently. Try lowering your refrigerator and freezer settings slightly and letting your dishes air dry instead of heat drying. Also, try using less water when doing your dishes by hand.
Heating and cooling your home uses the most energy. Replacing your central air and heat system with a more efficient one is a way to use less energy. But you can also reduce your power bill by adding insulation to the attic and crawl space. An air conditioning professional can help you choose the right insulation for your A/C.
Reduce Pool Pump Run Time
Swimming pool pumps are easily one of the worst offenders in the average home for energy consumption. Florida Power & Light recommends running your pump for shorter periods on time during the summer and winter seasons. You can also reduce your power usage by installing a smaller, more energy-efficient pump to lower your pool’s electricity usage even further. For an example, the Energy Star rated pump uses 70% less power than a standard pump reducing your yearly bill by up to $300.
Go Solar Energy
Reduce your carbon footprint by generating your own electricity with solar panels. This installation is costly but will pay for itself over time. There are tax credits to encourage homeowners to invest in solar panels.
Interactive Tour for Your Home
Each home is quite different when it comes to saving money on home energy consumption. There are so many variables that can have an effect on its energy efficiency. Because of this, My Florida Home Energy has an interactive tour on energy efficiency that allows you to use the specifics of your home. This tour shows a room-by-room summary of your energy efficient living advice using technology and conservation. There is also additional helpful resources and support to assist you further in saving money on home energy.
We hope these money saving tips help you reduce your home energy and monthly electric bill. The last thing you want to do is go without air conditioning in Florida. Don’t worry though, with energy efficient recommendations like these, you can continue to enjoy your cool A/C air.
- US Energy Information Administration (https://www.eia.gov/consumption/residential/reports/2009/state_briefs/pdf/fl.pdf)
- Department of Energy Programmable Thermostat (https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/programmable-thermostats)
- Energy Saver LEDs (https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/lighting-choices-save-you-money)
- Energy Star Pool Pump (https://www.energystar.gov/sites/default/files/asset/document/ES%20pool%20pump%20factsheet_080514_v14.pdf)
- Energy Star definition (https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/energy-starr)