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:
Remember these tips to stay safe while keeping warm:
FPL's Energy Manager automatically breaks down and itemizes the actual cost and use of energy throughout your home, with personalized tips on how to save on your bill.
As part of the Energy Manager you also have access to the Energy Analyzer, Energy Dashboard, Appliance Calculators, and Simulator tools. Together, they can help you identify changes to help lower your bill.
Seal doors and windows with weatherstripping or caulk.
This is an inexpensive solution to help reduce the amount of air that enters or escapes your home through doors and windows. Types of weather-stripping include:
Caulking is an additional way to reduce unwanted airflow. It is only worthwhile when done as part of another project, such as painting. Use silicone or siliconized acrylic caulk because they have the longest life span, work well on most surfaces, and will maintain their elasticity.
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.
Take the Showerhead Test
Here's an easy way to determine if your showerhead is water efficient. Take the showerhead test.
Check Your Timing
If it takes:
More than 24 seconds to fill a gallon of water, then you have an efficient showerhead.
To ensure your A/C system is working as efficiently as possible, here are some things you can do to get the most for your energy dollars:
Close your blinds, drapes and shades during the hottest time of day.
Windows and glass doors that face east and west are the most prone to letting unwanted heat into your home. Here are some ways to shade the area: