Saving money on energy costs in your Florida home is a matter of making a few simple adjustments to your lifestyle. Small things add up very quickly to save you money on water and electricity. Follow these 10 energy-saving tips to lower your utility bills and reduce your carbon footprint as well.
- During the heating season, set your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower; while away from home, lower it to 65 degrees. In the cooling season, set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher; while away from home, raise it to at least 82 degrees.
- Save up to 15 percent on your water heating bill by lowering your water temperature to 120 degrees.
- Check your air conditioner’s air filter every month and replace it when it’s dirty. A dirty filter impedes the flow of air to your system and makes it work harder to keep you cool.
- Turn your ceiling fans off when you leave a room. The ceiling fan doesn’t actually cool the room, but rather makes its occupants feel cooler due to the breeze.
- Avoid pre-rinsing your dishes. Only run your dishwasher when you have a full load.
- Reduce the number of hours you run your swimming pool pump. In the summer, limit it to six hours per day (and four hours per day in the winter).
- Set your washing machine’s water level to match the size of the load. Always use a cold-water rinse.
- Help your clothes dry faster by cleaning out the lint trap on your dryer every time you use it. Use the auto sensor on your dryer to avoid over-drying your clothes.
- Replace your incandescent light bulbs with high-efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs, which use 75 percent less energy and last up to six times longer.
- Install low-flow showerheads in your showers to save on your water bill.
For more expert energy-saving tips, please feel free to contact us at Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning. We serve eastern Palm Beach, northern Broward and southern Martin counties with honesty and integrity.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).?
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