But that's just the beginning.
Enjoy other important benefits by improving your home's energy efficiency such as:
- Increasing your home's comfort year-round
- Adding to your home's value
- Protecting our environment
- Leading Sunrise to a more sustainable future
At no cost, energy savings can be achieved through behavior change, even if you have no experience or skills in home improvement. With this in mind, the first step in any effort to improve your home’s efficiency is to evaluate your current energy use and identify potential upgrade opportunities.
Get started with these NO COST energy saving tips:
- Complete FPL's Home Energy Survey (it’s FREE), schedule by calling FPL at 1-800-342-5375
- Turn off lights when not in use
- Turn the fan off when room is unoccupied
- Close the drapes or other window covers in the summer to block out the heat. In the winter leave them open to use the warmth of the sun
- Use your toaster oven or microwave instead of your oven.
- Check refrigerator door gaskets to ensure a tight seal. Place a dollar bill between the door and the unit. If the bill slides out easily, air is leaking and the hinge needs to be fixed
- Let foods cool down before putting them in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Run dishwasher on full loads and use the air dry option
- Use the right-sized pot on the stove. Match the pot to the burner size
- Donate or recycle a less used second refrigerator.
- Wash your clothes in cold water.
- Clean the lint trap after every load.
- Activate power management settings on your computer and monitor. (www.energystar.gov and search “power management”)
Take your energy saving to the next level, here are some LOW COST energy saving tips:
- Switch your 15 most frequently used light bulbs to LEDs
- Install an EnergySTAR® labeled hard-wired fixture for your porch light with LED and add a motion sensor or photocell to save even more
- Purchase EnergySTAR® qualified holiday light strings. Can save 90% or more energy over traditional lights.
- Seal gaps with caulk, weather stripping, and foam around windows, vents, doors, and areas where electrical and plumbing penetrate walls. Install foam gaskets behind electrical outlets and wall switch covers.
- Seal gaps around clothes dryer vents.
- Use a "smart" power strip as a central “turn off” point for electronics when not in use.
- Use an insulating blanket on your older electric water heater, available at local home improvement stores
- Check your HVAC air filter every month and change it every 3 months at a minimum, following manufacturer’s instructions.
- Install an EnergySTAR® programmable thermostat. Set it at 78° in summer and 80° when you are away.
- Replace ceiling fans with EnergySTAR® qualified ceiling fan and light combination
Ready for some energy saving investments? Look into these energy saving projects:
- Upgrade your heating and cooling system to a higher efficiency system, and when replacing your air conditioner make sure to get the right sized unit.
- Install hurricane impact windows that are EnergyStar® qualified
- Consider an EnergySTAR® labeled white roof or metal roof to reduce heat.
- Replace your pool pump with a multi-speed or high-efficiency pump
- Consider purchasing a solar pool cover