Here are some tips I got from Florida Power & Light about ways to save energy during the summer time. Considering that Florida’s nickname is the Sunshine State, I assume these tips would work just as well in your home states as well. This heat wave is the worst. Bursting into flames is not fabulous, and I’ve come pretty close to doing that this summer!
FPL’s Tips For Saving Energy (and Your Wallet)
Air Conditioning: Air conditioning contributes to more than half of an average home’s summer electric bill. Cool your home at 78 degrees or warmer with the thermostat fan switched to auto. For additional savings, raise your thermostat to 82 degrees or warmer when you’re away.
BBQ Grill: Consider cooking more on the grill during the summer. It will cost you twice as much to cook inside on the stove with the A/C working to offset the stove’s heat.
Trees: Plant trees in strategic locations, such as near windows, to help provide natural shade and reduce the use of air conditioning during hot weather.
Clothes Drying Rack: Cut the use of your dryer and save energy by hang-drying your clothes (This also helps your lingerie and other fine clothing last longer. NPM)
Ceiling Fans:Turning up the thermostat by two degrees and use your ceiling fan to lower AC costs by as much as 4 – 6 percent over the course of the cooling season. BUT turn off your ceiling fan when you leave the room. A fan that runs all the time costs up to $7 a month.
Outdoor Lights: Replace with solar-powered lights, if possible, or replace the light with a compact fluorescent bulb. Even if you replace one 60-watt incandescent bulb with an energy-saving compact fluorescent bulb, you could save $55 over the lifespan of that bulb. And if every one of FPL’s more than 4 million customers did the same thing, together it could save the amount of energy used each year by 20,000 homes.
Pools: Limit the amount of time you run your pump to six hours a day in the summer, and four hours a day in the winter. Also, maintain your pool’s chemical levels, water clarity and cleanliness to save more annually.
Windows: Double pane windows -Select these high-performance windows to reduce heat coming into your home. If not, consider installing a reflective or tinted film on the glass.
Aquariums: Replace aquarium lights with energy-efficient bulbs and turn off the light whenever possible.
If you are going on vacation in the summer:
Refrigerator – If left on, turn to warmest setting.
Lighting – Use timers or daylight sensors if you leave lighting on for security reasons.
Swimming pool – Turn off pool heater at the circuit breaker.
Drapes and blinds – close them when you are not there to save on cooling
How are you saving on your energy bill? Do you think this national heat wave has anything to do with global warming? How much green have you saved by having a green lifestyle?