Setting your thermostat to refreshing temperatures indoors when the weather is boiling outdoors is nice — but not necessarily wallet friendly.
FPL offers some tips and product suggestions for keeping electricity use down and saving money.
- A/C settings: Adjusting the thermostat makes a difference in energy use. FPL recommends turning the thermostat to 78 degrees when residents are in the house and 82 degrees or higher when away
- Smart Thermostats: Some products allow you to adjust temperature on-the-go from a mobile device. Some models feature sensor technology that can measure temperature and occupancy to adjust automatically when you’re home and when you’re out.
- Smart A/C: Some wall units are Wi-Fi-enabled and track usage, monitor the weather and are adjustable with a smart phone
- Room Sensors: Devises that turn lights on automatically when you walk in the room. Some newer models can also sense the level of natural light in a room and won’t turn on lights unless necessary
- Televisions: LED flat screens use about half the power of LCD TVs. Products with an ENERGY STAR label offer more savings. Also, dimming the display on your TV to reduce brightness may use less energy than settings for “vivid” or “dynamic” displays.
- Video Game Consoles: Newer gaming consoles, while more energy-efficient than older models, consume more energy streaming video or in standby-mode than actually playing games. Instead, watch movies on a DVD player or a streaming stick device. Remember to turn off consoles when not in use
- Window Treatments: Protect your home from sun damage, UV rays and heat with solar shades. These stylish window treatments block up to 90 percent of the sun’s heat from penetrating windows.
- Home Survey: Take FPL’s Online Home Energy Survey for an energy-savings plan tailored for your home. The survey is integrated with your home’s Energy Dashboard so you are able to see just how much energy you use by the hour, day or month.