It may seem impossible to lower your electric bill during the hot, humid summer months, but energy-savings are possible even during this year’s SWFL summer with these simple tips:
78 is the magic number
• Set your air conditioner to 78 degrees when you are home. Each degree below adds eight to 12 percent to your cooling costs! While away from your home for more than two hours, we recommend setting the thermostat to 83 degrees.
Turn it off
• By keeping your ceiling fans off when you are not in the room, you can save an average of $85 per year per fan. When you are a home, a ceiling fan can do wonders to cool the skin! When using your ceiling fan in the summer, turn counter-clockwise to blow air downward.
Close, open, seal
• Ensure that your windows and doors are all closed tightly when you are running your air conditioner, and keep all vents and interior doors open. Be sure to caulk around windows to keep the cool air in and hot air out!
Pump with purpose
• Save upwards of $100 a year by reducing your pool’s pump by two or more hours a day. During summer months, run your pool pump no more than six hours per day. If your budget allows it, consider purchasing a variable-speed pool pump which could add up to hundreds of dollars in savings a year!
For more simple ways to save, visit lcec.net. Happy summer all!
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