Many people don’t realize that saving energy in your home not only saves you money, but it’s also incredibly simple. Through implementing small and simple changes, you can save hundreds of dollars every year on your home energy bills. Florida Power and Water Works Corp. is dedicated to home energy efficiency to save you money and help our planet through energy saving home audits, water quality testing, and contracting. If you want to get a jump start on energy saving before you get a home audit, here are easy ways to make a significant difference in your home’s energy consumption.
- Wash Your Clothes In Cold Water.
It takes more energy to heat the water used to wash your clothes. For the same quality wash, but less energy consumed, wash your clothes in cold water. This saves on average $63 per year.
- Take Advantage Of Your Window Shades
Close the blinds on the sun-facing side of the house in summertime to keep out the rays of the sun. This will keep out unwanted heat. In the winter, keep your sun-facing blinds open to bring in warmth through the sunlight.
- Replace Your Lightbulbs
Simply replace your light bulbs with LED, energy-efficient halogen incandescent bulbs, and CFLs. Switching to a more energy-efficient bulb reduces energy consumption from about a third to 80 percent. Not to mention they last much longer than regular bulbs. They last,on average, about five years. By swapping out five light bulbs in your home, you’ll save about $60 per year.
- Turn Off Lights
When you leave the house, or are not occupying a room, turn off the lights. It’s incredibly simple, but many people don’t do it. If you don’t already do this, it will save you a significant amount of energy and money. By taking the simple step and shutting off lights when you use them, you can save up to $50 on your energy bill.
Making sure your home is properly insulated will save up to 20 percent on your heating and cooling bills. This can be done by sealing air leaks and adding insulation where it’s needed. An in-home energy audit will help you determine where your home is leaking air, and where you can and should implement insulation.
- Keep The Oven Closed
Peeking into the oven while baking wastes a lot of energy! Every time you check to see if your cookies are golden brown, the temperature drops at least 25° F and requires more energy to bring the temperature back up. When using your oven, if you don’t peek, you can turn off your oven for the last fourth of your baking time. The oven will stay hot and continue to cook your food.
- Use Appliances At Night
Use your dishwashers and laundry machines at night. This keeps your house cooler during the day, reduces the chance of an emergency, and reduces the strain placed on your power grid at the peak hours of use. Most people do their laundry or wash the dishes between 4pm and 6pm.
The average American household spends approximately over $2,000 per year on home energy. Not only is that harmful to your wallet, but it’s harmful to the environment. To save money and help the planet, invest in a home audit from Florida Power and Water Works Corp. today. We’ll show you the most beneficial ways to save money and energy in your home. Call today.