Fall in love with energy efficiency

Roses are red, violets are blue, saving energy is sweet, and can lower bills too!  At Duke Energy Florida, we love our customers and we love energy efficiency.  Therefore, during this month of love, there is no better way to express our love than to share some energy saving tips with you.  Your heart may skip a beat with the savings you will reap.  So, please, let us call you SWEETHEART:

Set your thermostat at 70 degrees or lower during cooler months.  Adhering to the adjustments year-round, which includes keeping your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher in warmer months, could save more than $175 in energy costs.

Wash your clothes with cold water whenever possible.  This move could save between $30 and $40 a year.

Eliminate the “cold spot” from your fireplace.   Close the flue and install glass doors to keep in the warm air.

Equip your home with solar products.  Consider installing a solar pool heating system, or solar water heater.  A solar water heater can save you up to 85 percent on the water-heating portion of your bill.

Turn off the lights in unoccupied rooms.  A single 60-watt light bulb left on 12 hours per day for one year uses 264 kilowatts of energy.

Heat your home with the sun’s help.  Leave window shades or blinds open during the daytime to let the sun’s light and heat, into your home.

Exchange your standard bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs.  CFL bulbs last up to 10 times longer while providing the same amount of lights.   On average, one CFL bulb will pay for itself in about six months and save you around $40 or more over the lifetime of the bulb.

Adjust your water heater.  Dropping the temperature from 140 to 120 degrees could save about $25 per year.  A setting of 120 is sufficient for most household needs.

Reduce your pool pump’s operating hours to the minimum necessary, generally three hours per day in the winter, for pool cleanliness.  Follow this guideline to reduce your pool’s annual electric consumption by up to 60 percent – and extend the pump’s life in the process.

Turn off your electronics with a power strip.  Your TV, along with other electronics, is constantly using power when plugged in, often referred to as standby power.  Most electronic devices still consume electricity when switched off or to a low-power mode.  By using a power strip you can easily flip the switch to the “off” position when they are not in use, saving time and money.  Don’t worry; this should not harm your electronics.

Follow these tips and fall in love with the energy savings that will tickle you pink.

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