Summer may not start until the end of June, but it is already feeling toasty in sunny SWFL! LCEC reminds customers of simple ways to beat the heat while keeping energy costs cool:
• When cooling your home, set the thermostat at 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Each degree below adds 8 to 12 percent to the cooling costs.
• While away from home for more than two hours, set the thermostat at 83 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Install a programmable thermostat that will automatically raise and lower the temperature at certain times of the day.
• Be sure your thermostat fan switch is set on the “auto” setting. This is more economical for temperature and humidity control.
• Do not close A/C vents or interior doors when A/C is running.
• Service your air conditioning system annually.
• Change or clean filters monthly.
• Turn off fans when the room is not occupied. Each continuously running fan costs approximately $7 per month on your electric bill.
• Run pool pumps for a maximum of 8 hours a day in the summer, and 6 hours per day in the winter, unless you are heating the pool.
• Install reflective window tint/film that will reflect 65 percent or better on windows facing east, west or south. LCEC also recommends installing awnings, storm shutters and planting shade trees.
• Reduce water heating costs by installing a low-flow shower head, setting the water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, or installing a Heat Recovery Unit (HRU), which will heat water at no cost when the A/C is running.
• Use a minimum of R-30 insulation in the ceiling/attic floor to save on heating and air conditioning costs.
For more ways to save, visit lcec.net.
From volunteering in the community to fundraising for organizations like the United Way to providing local environmental funding awards, LCEC believes in taking an active role in making our communities and the environment a better place to work and live. Another less obvious way that LCEC gives back is through recycling. Each year, we recycle aluminum, copper, steel and other equipment to generate revenue that is reinvested into the system. In addition, materials such as plastic, paper and wood are routinely recycled and employees and contractors are encouraged to participate. Last year alone, LCEC recycled 1.7 million pounds of recycled aluminum, copper and other materials, and 38,510 pounds of paper. Recycling is just another way LCEC is proud to help energize our community!
How many loads of laundry do you do a week? It is easy to just do laundry when you need to, forgetting that there are simple ways to save electricity from the start of the spin cycle to the buzzer of the dryer! The following are tips that can help you soak up energy savings while keeping up with the laundry:
• Wash full loads of laundry, but be careful not to overload your washing machine!
• Use cold water to wash your clothes whenever possible. If you must, use warm water but try to avoid using hot water unless completely necessary.
• Presoak heavily soiled items to avoid having to wash items twice, or invest in the quality laundry detergent to eliminate the need to presoak.
• Use a clothesline when possible. Air is FREE!
• Use the automatic dry cycle. Over drying wastes electricity and can diminish the quality of your clothes over time.
• Remove and clean the lint screen from your dryer after every load. Lint buildup hinders airflow in your dryer causing the machine to use more energy.
• Check the outside exhaust of your clothes dryer regularly. A clogged exhaust can extend the time it takes to dry your clothes while wasting electricity.
For more energy saving tips, visit www.lcec.net.
April 22 is Earth Day! Although you may feel compelled to partake in the Earth Day fun, it is important to resist the urge to plant a tree without planning. With some forethought, you can plant a tree within a safe distance from any overhead utility lines AND ensure that the plant will grow in a way that conserves electricity. That’s right! Properly placed plants and trees can help reduce your heating and cooling costs by 20 to 30 percent. Visit the Landscaping tab on lcec.net or call LCEC at 239-656-2300 for information on selecting the best location, landscaping to conserve electrify, and selecting the most appropriate species.
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