Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association
Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association
Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association

Home Energy Saving Tips

The guide includes:

  • Low and No Cost Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill

  • Efficient Lighting Options

  • Energy Saving Tips for Seasonal Residents

  • Efficient Household Appliances Use

  • Monthly Estimated Kilowatt Hours Consumed by Appliances Chart

  • Tips to Cool Your Home Efficiently

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Low and No Cost Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill:

  • Turn off lights when not in a room.

  • Use fans to augment cooling but turn off when not in the room. Ceiling fans do not actually cool a room. They just make you feel cooler.

  • Set air conditioners at 78º or higher for cooling.

  • Use curtains or blinds to reduce heat transfer.

  • Turn off water heater when gone three or more days.

  • Use stove exhaust (if vented to the outside) to remove kitchen heat.

  • Avoid “energy vampires” and unplug electronic devices when not in use.

  • Only run washing machines, dryers and dishwashers with full loads.

  • Line dry clothing, sheets and towels.

  • Clean refrigerator/freezer coils every three months.

Cooling Your Home Efficiently

  • Clean or replace A/C filters every 30 days.

  • Find and seal cracks, gaps, leaks and check insulation.

  • If applicable, consider adding insulation to ceilings, walls and attics. It can reduce cooling costs by 5% to 25%.

  • Use a programmable thermostat to better manage your settings day and night.

  • Have your A/C tuned up by a professional. Help your A/C run as efficiently as possible by having it checked by a qualified professional.

  • Consider buying a new, efficient A/C system that has a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 16 or higher. For room units, select a SEER of 12 or higher.

Fight Against Humidity

  • Use bathroom exhaust fans to remove humidity when showering.

  • Avoid running humidifying, heat producing appliances (i.e. washer, dryer, dishwasher) during the heat of the day.
  • Be sure your A/C is sized properly (not too big or too small) to provide good humidity control.
  • Cover aquariums to keep moisture in.

If you need help evaluating your home's energy efficiency contact an FKEC Member Service Representative at (305) 852-2431 to discuss a home energy audit.

 

Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association
Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association