Last updated 5 months ago
Do you know how much energy your home uses? Performing a home energy audit will familiarize you with your current energy usage. You’ll also spot the ways in which you can make repairs or upgrades to reduce your carbon footprint and your utility bills.
Compare Energy Bills
When determining how much energy your home is using, the best place to start is with your energy bills. Your bills contain not only the money you owe your power company, but the amount of power consumed as well. Learn how to read your power bill to find this important information. Most bills also contain a comparison of the past few months or years. Look for energy usage spikes and long-term trends, especially from year to year rather than month to month.
Check Insulation and Weatherstripping
Small air leaks around windows, doors, and outlets allow cool air to escape and hot air to enter your home. This raises the indoor temperature, prompting your air conditioner to run longer and consume more energy. Check around the frames of your doors and windows to locate drafts. Visually inspect all caulking and other weatherstripping, both inside and out. If you have a garage, basement, or attic, don’t forget to check the insulation, windows, and doors in these areas as well.
Inspect Your Appliances
Do you know how much energy your appliances use? Inefficient appliances and “energy vampires” such as DVD players, TVs, and cell phone chargers all increase your energy consumption. You can purchase or rent an energy usage monitor to check your appliances and electronics to calculate how much they cost to run or leave in standby mode.
Florida Public Utilities Company is here to help homeowners discover the ways in which they can promote a cleaner environment through lower energy usage at home. Check out our website for helpful online energy information and tools to get you started. Call us at (888) 471-0413 to learn more about how we can help you improve your Florida home’s energy footprint.
Last updated 6 months ago
Using your thermostat wisely this summer will reduce the energy you use to cool your home. Keep your thermostat set at 78 degrees Fahrenheit or above during the day to reduce the energy cost of cooling. Set the temperature higher for times you will be away from your home. There is less heat generated inside your home when it is not occupied, so setting the temperature warmer during these times will still keep your home cool and comfortable. If you’re leaving for the night or a few days, consider setting the temperature even higher or turning the thermostat off altogether until you return. If your home currently uses an older, mercury-based model, consider upgrading to a digital and programmable thermostat. This will ensure the right temperature is always maintained even if you forget or are too busy to stop and set your thermostat.
Are you looking for ways to save energy this summer and throughout the year? The experts at Florida Public Utilities Company are here to help. Call us at (888) 471-0413 for a free home energy check-up or click on our website to learn more about home energy usage and conservation in Florida.
Last updated 6 months ago
Installing energy-efficient appliances is a great way to save money and conserve energy. Today, appliances are designed with energy conservation in mind, allowing them to run more efficiently while requiring less energy. Keeping a few considerations in mind when shopping for your new appliances will ensure you choose the best models for your needs.
When shopping for new appliances, it’s important to remember that getting the right size matters as much as getting the right model. Consider how much laundry you do or how many dishes you need to wash. While getting a bigger appliance may seem appealing, larger appliances use more energy and function less efficiently when not used at their full capacity. Purchase a washing machine, dishwasher, water heater, or air conditioner in keeping with your home’s needs, rather than looking for the biggest, most impressive model you can find.
Choose Energy Star
The Energy Star label is given to appliances that provide excellent energy efficiency. Choosing products that meet Energy Star qualifications means you will get the best performance with the most energy savings. In many cases, you can receive rebates or tax credits for choosing Energy Star products as well.
Think Natural Gas
Did you know that appliances can use natural gas rather than electricity? Because the conversion from combustion to energy happens right in your home, rather than in a power plant, this offers additional energy savings. Natural gas is a clean-burning and cost-effective fuel for stoves, water heaters, clothes dryers, and more.
In many cases, the configuration of an appliance matters when it comes to energy-efficiency. Refrigerators with a freezer located on top, rather than side-by-side models, use 10-15% less energy. Front-loading washers require less water to wash your clothes, which also translates into less energy required to heat hot water for loads.
Energy-saving appliances lower your home’s carbon footprint and save you money on your monthly utility bills. You can find out about the latest rebates and appliance models available by calling Florida Public Utilities Company at (888) 471-0413. Visit us on the web for more home energy tips!
Last updated 6 months ago
Although there are still many coal-burning and nuclear power plants in the United States, more and more states, including Florida, are attempting to generate electricity by using alternative fuels. Coal produces many harmful emissions, uses large amounts of water, and leaves behind solid ash as a byproduct, while nuclear plants create toxic waste.
Natural gas is one environmentally friendly source of electricity. Power plants can generate electricity by burning natural gas to create steam, which powers turbines that generate electricity. Other plants burn the gas directly in a combustion turbine. Either way, natural gas burns very cleanly and leaves behind no solid or liquid residue, and the emissions it produces are a fraction of those produced by coal.
For more information on how natural gas can be used efficiently in homes and commercial projects, contact Florida Public Utilities Company. As a provider of natural gas, electricity, and propane to businesses and residents of central Florida, we are committed to clean energy. Call us at (888) 471-0413 to find out more.
Last updated 6 months ago
Because of the growing awareness of climate change and an international movement toward cleaner energy production and safer fuel usage, many consumers wrongly think that all fossil fuels are toxic and create large amounts of harmful pollutants. But alternative fossil fuels, such as propane and natural gas, are in fact much cleaner and safer than gasoline and petroleum. Learn more about natural gas production and usage by reading on.
What Is Natural Gas?
Although both are ultimately derived from naturally occurring crude oil deposits, the fuel that consumers use to light their stoves or heat their water is called “natural” gas to distinguish it from the gasoline that they use in their vehicles. Natural gas can be refined out of crude oil or extracted from naturally occurring wells. The product that ends up in your home is composed mainly of methane, a clean-burning hydrocarbon.
Does Natural Gas Contribute to Climate Change?
Most scientists today agree that excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is one of the key factors contributing to climate change. Two principal sources of carbon dioxide emissions are coal burning and petroleum burning. Natural gas, however, can create the same amount of heat as these fuels, but it emits about 30-45% less carbon dioxide, so natural gas has significantly less impact on the environment.
What Are the Uses of Natural Gas?
Most Florida residents have limited experience with natural gas—the only home appliances commonly powered by gas are the oven, stovetop, and water heater. Natural gas also has industrial applications, however, and it can even be used as an alternative fuel source for passenger automobiles. While the infrastructure is not yet in place for widespread use of natural gas as a gasoline alternative, it is only one of several of clean-burning options available for exploration.
Florida Public Utilities Company is one of Central Florida’s largest providers of natural gas for commercial, industrial, and residential use. If you would like to learn more about the natural gas we provide, visit our website and call us at (561) 832-0872 today.