Tech-Savvy Tips Gives Floridians the Freedom to Take Control of Their Energy Use
Chris McGrath, FPL Spokesperson & Florencia Contesse, FPL Spokesperson
(Juno Beach, FL, Monday, July 25, 2016) – Hot and humid temperatures are in the forecast this summer, creating a greater reliance on air conditioning – which can account for more than half of the typical electric bill in Florida. Florida Power & Light (FPL) offers customers tech-savvy tips to give them freedom to take control of their energy use.
While FPL’s typical 1,000-kWh customer bills are lower than they were a decade ago and among the lowest in the nation, technology is making it easier for customers to make their bills even lower – even as they step outside to fire up the grill.
Ways to save by using smart technology:
- Use a smart thermostat: When you’re outside with family and friends, control the temperature inside your home from a smart device using a smart thermostat.
- Use smart plugs: Flipping burgers on the grill and notice someone left a lamp on? No problem! With a smart plug, you can turn the lamp off with a smart device without skipping a beat on the grill.
- Switch outdoor lights to LEDs: LED lights use 90 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and can last up to ten times longer.
- Track your energy use: FPL’s Online Energy Dashboard allows you to track how much energy you’re using by the month, day or even down to the hour.
- Click and save up to $250: FPL’s Online Home Energy Survey can help you create a smart energy savings plan to help make your home more energy efficient.
Quick and easy ways to save on energy:
- Cool your home at 78° F or warmer with the thermostat fan switch on “auto.”
- Use a fan to keep cool so you can raise your thermostat even higher.
- Close the shades, blinds and drapes to keep sunlight out.
- Maintain proper airflow by keeping interior doors and vents open to help air circulate.
- Clean or replace your A/C filter regularly to help your unit run more efficiently.
- Consider buying a new high-efficiency air conditioner if yours is more than 10 years old, needs frequent repairs and doesn’t keep your home cool.