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Compressed natural gas, also called CNG, is a greener alternative to gasoline. The natural gas is compressed using pressure and used to fuel your car—but where does it come from?
This video explains how natural gas is made over the course of millions of years. You will see how it is harvested right here in the United States and used to create energy in power plants, factories, homes, and vehicles. It costs less than gasoline and burns clean, meaning fewer greenhouse gas emissions and a healthier environment.
If you’d like to learn more about compressed natural gas and other forms of clean energy, contact Florida Public Utilities Company today by calling (561) 832-0872. We have the answers about energy you need to make the right decision, and we also offer free energy checkups. Click through our website to learn more about us.
Last updated 9 months ago
As temperatures in Florida rise, there are a few simple steps you can take to prepare your home for lower energy usage during this warm season. By addressing areas that typically consume the most energy to cool your home, you can enjoy significant savings and indoor comfort. Additionally, your energy provider can help by providing an energy check-up of your home to highlight areas that could use the most work.
Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced
An energy efficient air conditioner will keep your home cool and your energy bills low. Have your air conditioner serviced at least once a year to ensure it is clean and functioning properly, even if you haven’t experienced problems. Additionally, if your air conditioner is extremely loud while running or you don’t seem to be getting cool air, call in a pro to take a look.
Seal Windows and Doors
Windows and doors can easily develop leaks that let hot air in—and cool air out. This means your air conditioner must work harder and longer to cool your home, using more energy in the process. Check the seals around your doors and windows, and re-caulk them if you find any damage or wear.
Install Fans and Curtains
Ceiling fans and curtains are extremely energy efficient ways of keeping your home cool during hot summer days. Keep curtains pulled in rooms that receive direct sunlight, especially when you’re away from home. This will allow you to return to a cooler house without keeping the air conditioner running all day. Check that your fans are turning counterclockwise to deliver cool air to rooms. A ceiling fan can lower the temperature by up to eight degrees using far less energy than your air conditioner.
Schedule your free home energy check-up with the Florida Public Utilities Company today by calling (561) 832-0872. We can help you pinpoint the areas of your home that are costing you energy and money for significant savings this summer. We invite you to click through our website for more information about energy usage in your Florida home.
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The HERS Score (Home Energy Rating System) is a diagnostic tool that shows how much energy a home is designed to use. The HERS Score is a national standard and is used by many programs including the ENERGY STAR® Certification Process. The score is determined by comparing your “As built” home to a geometric clone that uses the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code. A score of 100 means your home is equal to the code home for potential energy use. Each number either lower or higher represents a 1% efficiency variation with the lower score being better.
Many older homes on the market may score a 150 showing a high energy use. A brand new ENERGY STAR Certified home will have a score in the 60-65 range. This is a major consideration when deciding whether to buy an older home or have a new home built. A home built to the Florida Energy Code today would have a score of approximately 78-82 which will mean a home that is 25-50% more efficient than the older home.
Those numbers represent dollars on your monthly utility costs. When buying a home it is critical to consider the total cost of ownership. You have a mortgage, taxes, insurance AND monthly energy costs. Building an energy efficient home can reduce your monthly costs $50-100 or more a month. The cost of building a high performance home may add $20-30 to your mortgage payment but a smart buyer would trade a $30 a month increase to the mortgage to gain $80 savings a month in utility costs!
Including high efficiency natural gas products to a new home can lower your HERS Score considerably. A natural gas tankless water heater will lower the HERS Score 6-7 points!
You can learn more at www.resnet.us or www.fpuc.com or www.fpuc.com/energyexpert.
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Long summer days bring warm weather for Florida, but you don’t need to worry about a spike in your home’s energy consumption just to keep cool. There are a number of ways to keep the indoor temperature and your energy bill low this summer. Contact your energy provider if you have questions about your home’s energy usage and how to lower it even further.
Replace Older Appliances
Older appliances are less efficient and create large energy sinks that cost you money. Consider replacing old or outdated appliances with newer or greener versions. A poorly-functioning air conditioner or one that is not suited to your space requires more energy than an efficient model. Tankless water heaters can save you money on your water and energy bills. Purchasing appliances that run on natural gas can also significantly cut both your energy costs and your environmental footprint. Talk to your energy provider about rebates and financial incentives to help offset to the cost of upgrading or replacing your appliances.
Update Your Thermostat
If you don’t have a digital thermostat, consider installing one. Digital thermostats are more accurate and can be programmed to keep your home cooler when you need it and warmer when you don’t. Set the thermostat to 78 while you’re home and 82 while you’re away. Daily or weekly program options allow you to pre-set your preferences so you can’t forget.
Keep the temperatures inside your Florida home cooler by installing and closing drapes or blinds on windows that receive direct sunlight. This will not only maintain cooler temperatures inside and reduce the energy requirements on your air conditioner, it will also protect your belongings from heat and sun damage.
At Florida Public Utilities Company, our energy experts are her to help you enjoy savings and stay cool this summer. Call (561) 832-0872 to ask how you can reduce your energy usage and your bills during warm weather. You can learn more about natural gas appliances, ENERGY STAR ratings, and how to minimize electricity usage by clicking through our blog.
Last updated 10 months ago
Like any investment, propane appliances need to be maintained to continue functioning at peak efficiency. Below are a few tips for getting the most out of your propane utilities and keeping your home safe.
With proper installation and maintenance, it is highly unlikely that you’ll encounter any health issues with propane appliances. Scheduling annual service for any major appliances will address most minor issues, but you should immediately contact a professional if your flue vent is clogged with debris, you notice a rotten eggs odor, your appliances burn yellow instead of blue, or your connectors are more than 20 years old. Be aware that natural gas appliances are not compatible with propane connections without a professional conversion.
We here at the Florida Public Utilities Company are here to help you save money and keep your home safe. If you’re in need of professional installation or repair services for any propane or natural gas utilities, schedule a service appointment online or call (561) 832-0872 today.