A question asked by both renters and homeowners is, “how can I save on my electric costs?” We all know Florida summers can be hot! Some of these tips were pretty obvious, but others were things that I hadn’t considered.
If you have a programmable thermostat in your home, be sure you are using it! There will likely be times that no one is home, like during work and school hours. Adjust the temperature up when you’re not there, and then bring it back to where you want it before you get home.
Figure out where the sun is coming in and block it if you can. If you know the sun comes up in the back of your home, be sure to close the blinds and curtains before leaving for work in the morning.
Only use as much light as you need. Rather than turning on all of the lights in a room, think about just turning on a lamp if that provides you with enough light. When you leave a room, be sure to turn everything off.
Ceiling fans really help to make you feel cooler. Use your ceiling fans and you may find that you can adjust the temperature up and still be comfortable.
Does your hot water need to be as hot as it is, especially in the hot summer months? Adjust it down a few degrees and see if it’s all that noticeable. Keep dropping it a few degrees at a time until you hit the lowest temperature that works for you.
When possible, use cold water for washing in your washing machine.
Be sure to clean your clothes dryer vent before drying each load.
Make sure to change your air filters regularly. Follow the maintenance schedule for the air conditioning system to keep it running at peak performance levels. If you rent, make sure the owner knows if service is needed.
Run appliances like dishwashers, washers, and dryers in the evening when it’s cooler rather than during the heat of the day.
If there are things plugged in that you find that you’re not using often, unplug them. Even things that are plugged in but not being used draw electricity.
Try to avoid using your oven when it’s really hot outside. A hot oven can increase the temperature of your home.
Swap our old style lightbulbs for energy efficient LED bulbs. Not only will that save you on your energy costs, but you’ll notice less heat coming from them.
Spend some time reviewing this list and see if you can find additional ways to lower your electric bill. Please consider sharing them here with us - thanks!
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