At Florida Public Utilities Company, we want our clients to know the advantages of using natural gas or propane appliances and observing smart practices to conserve electricity. For more information on propane and natural gas, call us at (561) 832-0872 and visit the links below.
Though glass and ceramic-top electric stoves may look sleek and contemporary, an overwhelming majority of chefs prefer cooking with natural gas. Natural gas ranges are also very efficient and easy to use. Learn just a few of the reasons why gas stoves are superior to electric ranges below:
Finer Temperature Control
Though electric stoves have dials that turn from “high” to “low,” there’s no real way for cooks to gauge the temperature range available on their burners, and individual stoves vary wildly. A new induction cooktop may produce more heat on medium than an older coil stove produces on high. Natural gas stoves, on the other hand, offer cooks an easy way to measure how much heat a burner produces—the size of the flame.
Some sophisticated recipes require you to immediately remove a pan from the heat in order to prevent mistakes such as overcooking a delicate piece of fish or causing a fine sauce to separate. Unless you also have granite countertops, however, you can’t really set a hot pan anywhere but the stove. An electric burner will still remain very hot when you turn it off, potentially spoiling your dish. Fortunately, a gas burner will begin to cool down as soon as you turn the flame off.
Extreme weather caused by tropical storms can occasionally leave Florida homeowners without electricity for periods ranging from several hours to several days. If you have an electric stove, you won’t be able to cook during this time. If you have a natural gas or a propane stove, however, you can still cook at home during the emergency.
Contact Florida Public Utilities Company to learn more about the benefits of using natural gas or propane in your kitchen. You may also be eligible for a rebate of up to $200 when you buy a qualifying residential gas stove. For more information, contact us today at (561) 832-0872.
Many homes use a large tank-style water heater to store a finite supply of heated water. Since this type of heater holds water at a constant temperature, it constantly consumes energy.
A propane-fired tankless water heater, on the other hand, heats water as it flows through the heating element, which conserves energy and provides a virtually endless supply of hot water to your home. Propane is a government-approved clean energy source, so propane water heaters are both efficient and environmentally friendly. To learn more about these appliances, watch this video.
If you are considering installing propane-fired appliances in your home, call Florida Public Utilities Company today at (561) 832-0872. We provide propane to homes and businesses throughout the state, including Central Florida and the Greater Orlando Area.
Although Florida residents don’t have to worry about “winterizing” their homes, they must take measures to seal their homes against drafts. Slowing down heat transfer can help you save energy and use less electricity in the summertime, because it takes less energy to cool a well-sealed home. Keep the heat out of your air-conditioned home with help from these tips:
Seal the Gaps Around Doors and Windows
Though doors and window frames can settle and warp over time, you don’t have to replace them in order to keep the summer heat out. Use a draft blocker at the bottom of your door to prevent cool air from escaping and install weatherstripping on all your windows. To seal larger, more obvious gaps, use a caulking product from your local hardware store.
Close Your Drapes
There is a reason Florida is called the Sunshine State—cloudy days are very infrequent. While sunny days might cheer you up, they can also heat up your house and drive up your heating bills. Determine which windows get the most sun exposure on summer days, and close the blinds or drapes in those rooms to keep the heat out.
Insulate Your Home
Insulation isn’t just for cold climates—it can keep the heat out of a home just as efficiently as it can keep heat in. Since thermal energy tends to flow from hot to cool spaces until the temperature equalizes, an uninsulated home can quickly heat up on a hot day. Insulation slows down this natural heat transfer, and can help your home resist daytime temperature fluctuations and save you money on your energy bills.
To learn more ways to reduce your home energy use, visit Florida Public Utilities Company online. We can help you cut down on your electric, gas, and propane bills so that you can get the most out of your utilities. To schedule a home energy evaluation, call us today at (561) 832-0872.