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Cold Weather Tips to Save Energy

Extreme cold weather is rare in Florida and the heating systems in many Florida homes are inefficient and can cost a lot more to operate. In fact, strip or electric resistance-based heating requires two to three times more energy than air conditioning. Please use these tips as your guide to staying warm and keeping your bill low in the winter:

  1. Set your thermostat as low as comfortably possible
    • For every one degree that you lower your thermostat during colder weather, you’ll save about 5 percent on your monthly heating costs.
  2. Keep your filters clean
    • Clean or replace your air conditioner’s filter every month to trim your heating costs and help your unit run more efficiently.
  3. Reduce air leaks
    • Seal doors and windows with weatherstripping or caulk.
  4. Take advantage of the sun’s heat and light
    • Keep your south-facing windows clean. Open curtains on south-facing windows during the day and close all curtains at night.
  5. Take shorter showers and use an efficient showerhead
    • People tend to take longer showers in colder weather, which increases water heating costs, so try to make it brief and remember to use a low-flow showerhead.
  6. Turn down the temperature on water heaters
    • Most water heaters are set to 140 degrees, but at 115 to 120 degrees you’ll still have plenty of hot water.
  7. Provide good insulation
    • Insulate hot water pipes and, if your water heater is more than seven years old, consider a “wrap” to insulate the tank.
  8. Add insulation to your attic
    • Adding insulation to your home can reduce your heating and cooling costs. If your home qualifies, we can help with some of the costs.
  9. Swimming pools typically require less filtration in winter
    • Reduce the time you run your pool pump by two hours a day and you could save $8.21 per month.
  10. Take an Online Home Energy Survey
    • FPL's Online Home Energy Survey gives you a personalized savings plan filled with energy-saving tips and recommendations based on your unique patterns of energy consumption.