According to Florida Power and Light (FPL), here are some of the quickest and most effective ways to help you conserve energy, trim costs, and gain control over the energy usage in your treasure coast home. Many of these don't take more than 2 minutes of time, won't cost any money, and can really have an impact with climbing energy costs. If you are on the search for homes on the Treasure Coast, it is important to take your monthly utility/energy cost into account when budgeting. I hope this is interesting to you and those you share it with, and would love any feedback or input!
- Limit the time you run your pool pump:
- Summer - six hours a day
- Winter - four hours a day
- Cool your home at 78 degrees or higher with the thermostat fan switched to auto. For additional savings, raise your thermostat to 82 degrees or higher when you're away.
- Heat your home at 68 degrees or lower with the thermostat fan switched to auto. To save even more, lower your thermostat to 65 degrees or lower at night or when you're away from home.
- Reduce your water heater temperature from 140 degrees to 120 degrees, which is the recommended temperature setting according to the U.S. Department of Energy, to save about $2 a month.
- Clean or replace the A/C filter regularly to help your unit run more efficiently and trim cooling costs.
- Turn off your ceiling fan when you leave the room. A fan that runs all the time costs up to $7 a month.
- Replace old, high-flow showerheads with water-efficient showerheads and save up to $80* a year.
- Adjust the water level on your washing machine to match the load size, especially when using hot water. Always use a cold rinse.
- Clean the lint filter in your dryer before every load to dry your clothes faster.
- Use the auto sensor function on your dryer to conserve energy by not over-drying your clothes.
There are many things that will give you double discounts by giving you energy savings, and also lower homeowners insurance for Treasure Coast homes. If you are buying real estate on the Treasure Coast, or if you already have a home and want to conserve on energy costs, I hope this article was helpful. If you have any thoughts you'd like to share, or if you have questions about the real estate market on the Treasure Coast, give me a call to chat!