Saving Money on Energy this year

Duke Energy March 2016remodeling costs

With cooling systems working harder to handle rising temperatures, summer is the ideal time to focus on ways to save energy, and save money on cooling.

  • Set your thermostat on the highest comfortable setting. If you’re leaving for the day, turn it up a couple of degrees. Don’t turn your cooling system off unless you’ll be gone for an extended period of time.
  • Clean or change your filters monthly. Dirty filters can increase operating costs.
  • Use a ceiling fan or portable fan to supplement your air conditioning. A fan can make you feel three to four degrees cooler so you can set your thermostat a few degrees higher and save on cooling costs. Use in occupied rooms since fans cool people, not rooms.
  • Switch your central air conditioning to “auto” for better cooling and humidity control and costs you less than keeping the system switched “on” continuously.
  • Close blinds, drapes and shades during the hottest part of the day to keep the sun’s rays from heating your house.
  • Choose a high-efficiency AC with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 14 or greater. Not only will your AC be more efficient, you could also be eligible for a rebate up to $350.
  • Closely monitor older air conditioning equipment – especially temperature settings, hours of operation and filter condition.
  • Sign up for EnergyWise Home℠, a free program that can pay you over $147 a year to help manage Florida’s energy use.
  • Properly insulate your home. In existing homes, wall insulation may be too expensive to install, so concentrate on attic and floor insulation. In Florida aim for the following insulation levels:
    • Ceiling: R-19 or R-30
    • Wall: R-11 in frame wall, R-5 in CBS walls
    • Floor: R-11 (suspended frame only)
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