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Personal home energy fixes can save money

July 25, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

With summer officially here, sweltering Florida temperatures can reach into the triple digits. Summer is also the time when Floridians' air conditioners run more often and longer to cool homes, a major factor than can drive up energy bills. FPL offers customers a few simple ideas to reduce energy costs in the summer months without compromising comfort.

FPL energy efficiency blogger Danielle Mousseau recommends the following tips, which can be implemented year-round and, collectively, can save customers $250 a year on their energy costs.

- Consider raising the temperature on your thermostat, even if only by one degree. For every one degree increase in temperature, you can save about 5 percent on your monthly cooling costs.

- Cut down on hot water usage by replacing old showerheads with water-efficient models. This swap could save up to $80 a year on energy costs.

- Try reducing the water heater temperature by 20 degrees. Lowering from 140 degrees to 120 degrees can save about $60 a year

- Be sure to turn off the fan when leaving a room. Stopping one ceiling fan from running all the time could save about $85 annually on energy costs.

- When using the washing machine, use cold water instead of hot. It could save about $40 a year.

- Upgrade to an Energy Star-rated computer and monitor. This energy saver can help save approximately $20 a year.

- Enroll in the FPL On Call Program. Save up to $137 a year by enrolling and, in return, participants agree to let FPL occasionally turn off pre-selected equipment, for short periods of time, only when absolutely necessary.

At, customers can view tools and information to help them understand, control and manage bills including top 10 energy-saving tips, an interactive house with energy-saving tips room by room and information on savings when purchasing a new air conditioner. Additionally, customers can get a personalized energy savings plan by completing an Online Home Energy Survey at



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