Simple Tips For Saving on Utilities As Temperatures Dip in Brevard County, FL

Posted on: January 7, 2012

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Save Money and Energy at Home!

Burrrrr, it finally feels like winter in Brevard County, FL as temperatures dipped to near freezing over the past few nights. I guess that means it’s that time of year! The holiday season has just ended, credit card bills are filling the mailbox, and for those of us in Brevard County, FL, we have had to bite the bullet and finally turn on the heat in our homes.

One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2012 is to find some ways to save money on utility bills by conserving energy and trying to think more “green”. Besides the obvious reminders we all used to get from our parents: “Turn off the light!” and “Don’t stand in front of the refrigerator with the door open!”,  I’ve put together a “top 10 list for saving energy and saving money on utility bills”. I hope you find it helpful!

  1. Change your light bulbs. Get rid of those old light bulbs and switch to compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs, which are unbelievable energy savers. CFL’s require much less power to provide the same amount of light for a much longer period of time, which will save you a ton on energy costs in the long run.
  2. Insulation. Don’t let your money escape along with your escaping heat and cold air! It’s important for your home to be properly insulated; just buy some inexpensive insulation from the local home improvement store and cover up all those areas where heat and air conditioning can escape. You might want to start by applying foam weather stripping on your doors and windows – super easy and very effective!
  3. Programmable Thermostat. Don’t waste your money by heating or air conditioning your home when you aren’t there. If you are usually out of the house during the day, you should have a thermostat that can be programmed to lower the heat temperature or raise the air conditioning temperature while you are away, then readjust right before you get home. Many thermostats allow you to program target temperatures for different hours of the day, which can really save you some money on your monthly energy bill.
  4. Energy Efficient Appliances and Electronics. Replacing your old appliances with energy-star or other energy-efficient versions can help you save not only money, but also greenhouse gas emissions. According to Energy Star, a joint program between the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy, the average home contributes twice the amount of greenhouse gases to the environment as an average car! And it’s not just big appliances that contribute to eating up so much power and water, it’s also things like computers, phones, and other common household electronics. If you aren’t using it, why not unplug it?!
  5. Fill Up! Fill up the dishwasher before you run it, and make sure you have a full load of laundry before starting the washing machine. As well as saving water and power, you will also save on detergents. And if possible, run your washing machine on cold; the large majority of power used by a washing machine is in heating the water – the motor doesn’t use much power at all.
  6. Power Strips. Appliances and electronics that are plugged in continue to draw power even when they are not turned on, or not in use. When unplugging these gadgets is impractical, another solution is to plug them all into power strips that can be turned off all at once. You may think about plugging your TV, DVD player, stereo, DVR, etc all into one power strip which can then be powered-down when not in use. Another solution is the new smart strips, which can sense when an appliance is no longer in use and will automatically shut off the power being drawn from the wall.
  7. Turn the Lights Off. I know, so obvious, so cliche, but still so true. Make sure everyone in your house gets into the habit of turning off the light when they leave a room. If possible, try to expand the habit and help everyone remember to unplug their electronics when they are not using them.
  8. Open a Window. Another easy, obvious solution to high energy bills is to open your windows before you head straight to the air conditioner “on” switch. Sometimes it is just habit to turn on the AC, but opening the windows just might do the trick at certain times of the year. Another option is to set your thermostat to 78 degrees, the recommended temperature to maximize energy savings, then use an energy-efficient fan or ceiling fan to cool the air a little bit more.
  9. Close Vents. No need to heat or cool areas you aren’t using! Close off the vents to rooms you don’t use, like the guest room or a large storage room. This will also help direct the heat or cool air to the rooms where the vents are kept open, making your whole house more energy efficient.
  10. Be Vigilant. You can almost always find more ways to save energy around your house, and therefore save a little cash in the process. Take a shorter shower instead of a bath, don’t over dry your clothes, and turn off the computer when you aren’t using it. Keep your eyes open and look for ways to be green, and save some green!

Hope these 10 simple tips for saving on utilities are helpful for those of you who live in beautiful Brevard County, FL, as well as other spots that may be experiencing some chilly temps around the world!

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