FPL | Seasonal and Vacation Tips - Energy Efficiency Tips
 

Spend More Time Enjoying Life

We understand that seasonal residents face unique energy challenges, such as:

  • Avoiding high energy costs during the summer months when your home is vacant
  • Reducing the risk of mold and mildew developing in your absence
  • Deciding how to handle your FPL account and electric bills while you're gone

Here are some tips and billing options to help protect your home and furnishings, as well as manage your energy costs, while you're away:

Tip for Seasonal Residents

Programmable thermostats can help prevent mold in unoccupied homes

One way to help prevent mold from developing in your vacant home is to control the indoor relative humidity. You can accomplish this and still manage your energy costs by using a programmable thermostat. Program your air conditioner to run at 72 degrees for just two hours before sunrise and at 88 degrees the rest of the day. If your air conditioner does not have a programmable thermostat, set it to 80 degrees. Thermostats in condos and apartments should be set at 77 degrees to make the air conditioner run enough to provide significant dehumidification.

Repairing any leaks in your air conditioning ducts helps control the humidity in your home, too. Schedule a duct test to find out if you have leaks.

   

Additional ways to save

Step

Action

Refrigerator
  • If left on, turn to warmest setting.
  • If turned off, clean interior with solution of 1 tbsp. of baking soda in 1 quart of water; dry thoroughly and leave doors open.
Lighting
  • Use timers or daylight sensors if you leave lighting on for security reasons.
Swimming Pool
  • Turn off pool heater at the circuit breaker.
  • Set filter pump timer to limit run time to six hours a day during summer and four hours in winter.

Hassle-Free Billing

We make it simple to manage your electric bill, even when you're away for months at a time. You can automatically start and stop your service online, or choose from a variety of flexible and convenient billing and payment options specifically designed to fit your household needs.

FPL Automatic Bill Pay

Our automatic bill pay system ensures that your bill is automatically paid on time, every month, on the day you select (within the qualifying period).

FPL E-Mail Bill

Looking for convenience? FPL E-Mail Bill allows you to review and pay your electric bill online.

FPL Friendly Reminder

We created a buddy system to remind you if your electric bill is past due.

Extended Leave Options

You can choose the status of your account while you're away. Either pay a small monthly fee to keep your account open or terminate your service and reopen the account upon your return.

Save Money While on Summer Vacation
Vacation costs can add up quickly. If you're planning a trip longer than two days, there are a few simple things you can do to save money and energy while you're away:

  • Use timers for the lights you want left on for security purposes and make sure that they are energy-efficient models. Photo sensors or motion detectors are good ideas for outdoor lights.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances (i.e., water heater and ceiling fans).
  • Electronic equipment can consume energy even when not in use. Unplug chargers for cell phones and cameras, televisions, stereos, computers and related equipment, video games and DVD players.
  • To save money - and for safety reasons - unplug small appliances such as toasters, coffee makers, irons, curling irons and hair dryers.
  • Before leaving, change your air conditioner's filter (regularly change monthly).
    • Set your manual thermostat to 80 degrees while you are away and make sure it is set to "auto" rather than "on." For condos and apartments, 77 degrees is recommended to prevent mold and mildew.
    • Set your programmable thermostat to 72 degrees for two hours before sunrise and 88 degrees for all other hours.
  • Portable dehumidifiers are more energy efficient than using the air conditioner in vacant homes. Use one dehumidifier for every 1,000 sq. ft. and place them where the water removed from the air can go down a drain (often the bathroom or kitchen).
  • If you have a humidistat, set it to 58 percent to help prevent mold and mildew.
  • Set the refrigerator and freezer at the warmest setting if left on. If it's a long vacation and you're turning the refrigerator off, clean its interior with a solution of 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 1 quart of water, dry thoroughly, and leave the refrigerator and freezer doors ajar.
  • Repair a leaky hot water faucet to save on electric and water bills.
  • Keep as much direct sunlight out as possible. If you have a lot of windows, you'll save on air conditioning if you keep the drapes or blinds closed when you're not home.
  • If you have a pool, limit the pump run time to six hours a day.

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