11 Ways To Save On Energy Costs During Fall & Winter In Florida
Fall has officially begun, and though it might not feel like it in Florida yet, we all know how unpredictable the Sunshine State’s weather can be! One day it might be cool, breezy, and in the low sixties and, before you know it, you’re at the beach frolicking in the sun and sand.
Ultimately, varying temperatures can make it difficult for you to say money—that’s why it’s important to start planning now so you can take advantage of the cooler temps!
Listed below are a few quick, simple, and effective ways to help you gain control over your energy usage and save on electrical costs in your home—even as the Mother Nature has a hard time deciding what the weather will make its way to Florida.
- 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 not home.
- Turn off your air conditioning unit and open your windows when the outside temperatures drop down to the low 70s and upper 60s. Take advantage of Florida’s cool—but not too cool—winter days and nights!
- Heat your home at about 60 degrees or cooler with the thermostat fan switched to auto. To save even more, turn your heater off when you’re away from home.
- Reduce your water heater temperature from 140 degrees to 120 degrees. This is the recommended temperature setting according to the U.S. Department of Energy and can save you about $7 each month.
- Clean or replace your air conditioning filter regularly to help your unit run more efficiently while significantly trimming cooling costs.
- Turn off your ceiling fan when you leave a room. A fan that runs all the time costs up to $7 a month!
- Use your dishwasher to conserve energy. Avoid pre-rinsing dishes and see savings up to $70 a year. Run your dishwasher at night, when the temperatures are a little cooler, to avoid heating up your house when it’s already warm outside.
- Limit the time you run your pool pump. During the summer, it’s recommended to keep it on for about six hours a day while it’ll only need to run for about four hours a day during the winter months.
- Adjust the water level on your washing machine to match the load size—especially when using hot water.
- Clean the lint filter in your dryer before every load to dry your clothes faster. Again, try to only run your dryer when you’re not worried about heating up your home.
- Use the auto sensor function on your dryer to conserve energy. This will prevent you from over-drying your clothes.
Questions? Feel free to ask.