While residents might not have to contend with snow and ice, when temperatures dip into the 60’s it is chilly by Florida standards. As cold weather is predicted to make its way into much of the state this week, it will have most residents running to adjust their thermostats.
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), reports, “Weather is the number one cause for high bills. Heating your home is two to three times more expensive than cooling.” FPL also reports that people tend to take longer showers in colder weather, which increases heating costs.
While this type of behavior is typical to combat the cold it could make a significant dent into your wallet. “Getting some control over your energy consumption will help you save money on your heating bills,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance.
Below are some tips from The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and FPL on how to keep your home cozy this fall and winter without busting your budget.
Take advantage of the sun
Keep window shades and curtains open during the day to let the sun heat up your home, then close them in the evening to reduce the chill.
Cover drafty windows
Install tight fitting shades or insulating drapes around your window.
Adjust the temperature
When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as possible, while still feeling comfortable.
When you are asleep or out of the house, turn it back 10-15 degrees for eight hours a day and you can save 10 percent annually. A programmable thermostat makes this an easy task.
Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting, 120 degrees.
Try to reduce any lingering in the shower to limit your shower time. Water accounts for 14-25 percent of energy consumption in your home.
Limit the time you run your pool pump to four hours a day.
Seal up leaks
Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around drafty doors and windows.
Keep your fireplace damper closed when the fireplace is not in use. It is like having a window open in your home.
When you using your fireplace; reduce heat loss by opening dampers in the bottom of the firebox, if provided. If not, open the nearest window approximately one inch and close doors leading into the room. Lower the thermostat setting between 50 and 55 degrees.
Set timers on your Christmas lights, this will prevent you from leaving them on all night.
Use light emitting diode, (LED) holiday lights, they last 25 percent longer and use 75 percent less energy.
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