Do you want to save money on your energy bill? The trick could be swapping out your appliances for newer models. If your appliances aren’t Energy Star rated, they could be up to 50 percent less efficient than new versions.
In the video, you’ll learn about some of the staggering savings you could net by investing in Energy Star appliances for your home. You can find Energy Star-rated versions of most appliances and electrical equipment, from something as large as a dishwasher to as small as a light bulb. Every investment in an Energy Star product could cut the costs of your utility services.
Florida Public Utilities Company is committed to helping our customers understand smart energy usage. Contact us today at (888) 471-0413 for tips on conserving energy and to learn about our natural gas and propane services in Central and South Florida.
Since we are nearly done with the first month of the year, most all New Year’s Resolutions have already gone by the way side. I would like to present you with a challenge for the next 11 months of the year. Practice energy conservation measures. In doing so, you will conserve a precious commodity and reduce your living expenses. Cooling season is coming soon. For each degree you raise your temperature you save 4-7% of your cooling costs. We recommend setting your thermostat at 78*. If you’ve been setting it cooler, gradually adjust your thermostat about one degree a week until you are at 78*. Your body will adjust. Use ceiling fans but only when you are in the room. If your water heater has a recirculating pump, make sure it has a timer that is set for your schedule. Change out your most used lights for compact fluorescent lights or LED. Make sure any outside lights you leave on all night are high efficiency bulbs. CFLs are 75% more efficient than a standard light bulb. Don’t run your clothes washer or your dishwasher until you have a full load. Most of all, turn things off when not in use.
When upgrading, consider a natural gas tankless water heater. They only heat water when you need it saving 30% from a standard gas tank water heater. Consider a natural gas clothes dryer. They dry your clothes twice as quickly and use basically no electricity and only a small amount of natural gas. Commit to upgrade one thing that will save energy in your home this year. Upgrade insulation, have your ductwork sealed or upgrade to a high efficiency, variable speed pool pump. If you follow these recommendations and put your savings aside, you can pay for next year’s New Year’s Eve Party!
Scott Ranck is Senior Conservation & Energy Specialist at Florida Public Utilities Company. All energy questions may be submitted at www.fpuc.com/energyexpert
Energy-efficient appliances can have a dramatic impact on your utility bills. Investing in appliances that use a minimum amount of energy, including those that rely on eco-friendly fuel such as propane or natural gas, is a smart idea. If you have older appliances, you can find an energy-efficient replacement for all of them. Here is a look at just a few of your options.
According to California Energy Commission’s Consumer Energy Center, old electric dryers are responsible for as much as six percent of your utility bill. New gas dryers are much more efficient. Because they operate at a higher heat than electric dryers, they can dry clothes up to twice as fast, considerably cutting energy costs. You can increase the efficiency of your dryer by making sure to clean the filter after every load and installing your dryer in a heated space. If you keep your dryer in a garage or unfinished basement, it will have to work harder to reach and maintain an ideal temperature.
For a more efficient water heater, think tankless. Propane-fueled tankless water heaters offer a few benefits. First, they can save you 10 to 20 percent on your utility bill by eliminating standby water waste. Tankless heaters heat water on demand, so only the water you need gets heated. Second, because the water is heated on demand, your family won’t have to fight over who used all the hot water anymore. Everyone will have exactly as much water as they need.
Like water heaters, energy-efficient ranges offer benefits beyond utility savings. Nine out of 10 professional chefs prefer propane ranges, which are among the most energy-efficient models available. Propane rangers allow you to have more control over cooking temperatures than electric models while reducing your energy costs.
Florida Public Utilities Company is here to help you make smart energy decisions for your home. We provide propane and natural gas services to Central and South Florida and are always available to help consumers learn more about saving on their energy costs. Call us now at (888) 471-0413 to discover more about our energy services.
Power theft is not a victimless crime. There are some very serious repercussions for stealing power that affect both the thief and the community.
Power theft involves tampering with electrical connection and meters to avoid having to pay for electricity. Not only is tampering with the power supply illegal, but it is also extremely dangerous. Untrained individuals could experience severe burns, shocks or even death when trying to manipulate the electrical supply. The danger isn’t limited to the individual trying to steal the power. By tampering with electrical systems, thieves can also start electrical fires that could affect other homes or disrupt electrical service for the whole community. Power theft is also punishable by large fines and jail time.
If you suspect power theft is happening in your community, report the issue to Florida Public Utilities Company. Report any problems with suspected theft of electricity, propane, or natural gas by calling (888) 471-0413.