10 TIPS TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR FLORIDA HOME ELECTRIC BILL
Most Floridians can attest that Summer temperatures seem increase to record highs every year. As Summer’s heat rises, so does the electric bills of many homeowners in Florida. Many residents are unaware of how these two factors coincide. Florida homeowners can maximize efficiency while keeping utility expenses reasonable during the hottest months of the year.
The influx in temperature is one of the most influential factors of increased utility expenses. The higher outside temperatures force air conditioners to operate for longer periods of time. This will keep the inside of the home at desired temperatures. During summer months, your air conditioning unit can account for more than 50% of your utility expenses. Air conditioner units in the Florida homes are running for extended periods of time. They run longer to maintain the temperature of the Florida home.
“Setting Your Thermometer a Mere One-Degree Higher Can Help You SAVE up to 5% per month”
Now I bet you’re wondering, “What can I do to counteract the outside temperature and increase of monthly bills?” There are some practical tips that you can use to lower your electric bill by helping your air conditioning unit to run more efficiently during summer months. Setting your thermometer a mere one degree higher can help you cut close to 5% of your monthly air conditioner expenses.
Any glass doors or windows in your home that are facing east or west should be shaded since these are common sources of undesirable heat. To counteract these sources you have the option of window treatments, planting trees or shrubbery near the window, as well as awnings. Weather stripping solutions are also reasonable options to minimize the amount of cool air that is being let out of your home from the windows and doors.
Caulking is another option to help minimize the amount of cool air being released from your home when integrated with another reduction method. Another way to reduce the amount of energy you utilize during the hottest months of the year is to make sure that your home is properly insulated. Homes built before 1982 may now have the proper insulation which may be causing your air conditioning unit to work harder than it needs to.
New construction Florida homes save electric. The new and nearly new Florida homes have been built with energy conservation in mind. Building codes in the municipalities and counties have addressed the rigid weather patterns of South Florida. Older homes, built in the 50’s and 60’s have been totally reconditioned. Most of these homes have reinstalled energy efficient windows and doors. Many of these Florida homes have been insulated well. All reasons, when purchasing a Florida home, you try to buy as new as possible or at least an older property that has been upgraded to current building codes.
Buying a NEW or NEWER Florida Home SAVES Energy Costs
These are just a few of the practical tips that you can use to keep your energy usage to a minimum throughout these scorching Florida summer months. These tips compiled from Florida Power & Light Corporation, bought to you by the HENRI FRANK GROUP at REMAX Preferred with offices in Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation and Hillsboro Shores Florida. Looking to buy, sell or rent in the South Florida market, including Broward County, Miami-Dade County and Palm Beach County. Call the Henri Frank Group at 954-604-9999, or
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