Its almost that time of year again! Spring is almost here, which means warmer temperatures for us in South Walton. While we all love warm beach days, warmer temps also equal higher utility bills, and that can put a damper on your finances. Homeowners often want to conserve energy, yet have no idea where to begin. Premier Beach Retreats has come up with five great things you can do to conserve energy in our warm Florida weather. In doing so, you will help the planet while also saving money; so you can focus on relaxing in your new beach home after a long day of fun in the sun!
1. Attic Insulation
The most commonly neglected part of your home is attic insulation. Most older homes do not have enough insulation, yet it can be added to any home, during any time of year. Insulating an attic is usually a relatively inexpensive “do-it-yourself” project that reaps major energy rewards! According to Gulf Power, increasing attic insulation can save you up to 30 percent on your heating and cooling costs.
Making it a habit to turn off lights that are not being used is a good way to avoid wasted energy. Fluorescent lighting is more economical than incandescent lighting, because it produces five times more light with the same amount of energy, lasting 10 to 15 times longer. Another great way to keep your house nice and bright during the day is to open curtains and drapes. There is a bonus for using this method because natural light is free!
3. Water Heater
Your hot water heater is the second-largest energy user in your home. One of the most efficient ways to lower water heating costs is to use less hot water. Having a up to date water heater will make huge effect on your bill. Also, be sure to flush your system annually to keep it in tip-top shape.
4. HVAC System
In Florida, the heat can reduce the life of your AC system quickly if neglected. Keeping your AC system maintained and changing the filters will keep your system running longer. It is best to have your equipment checked by a qualified technician each year before the heating or cooling season begins. Using fans in the warm months will also cut down on energy usage. In fact, most ceiling fans are also designed to be reversible for winter operation, so you can also save money during colder months! In this mode, room air is pulled from floor level, circulated through the warmer air near the ceiling, and directed back down toward the floor level allowing the warmer ceiling air to be directed downward.
5. Windows & Doors
Windows are more than just way for sunlight to enter your home; they can be an easy way to lose valuable heat in the winter or cooling during the summer. Weather-stripping can be purchased by the foot or in kit form. For the bottom of a door you may want to use something called a “door sweep”. Weather-stripping or purchasing energy efficient windows and doors can definitely help in reducing energy making your home a more energy efficient place to live.
For more great energy saving tips be sure and check out more of Gulf Powers’ Earth Cents.