If you are dreading your next electric bill as much as your credit card bill this holiday, you need help.
And Florida Power & Light is here to offer assistance, as well as fellow South Florida customers who have found useful ways to reduce energy usage — and high bills.
A couple of months ago, FPL began asking its customers to share energy-saving tips that don't just sound good but are practical in the real world.
Each of the following tips were received recently by FPL and have been vetted by its experts, said Kristy Kennedy, a spokesperson for the state's largest rate-regulated power company.
Water heater maid: Ana Iglesias of Fort Lauderdale dutifully turns off her water heater during the day, flipping it on about 10 minutes before taking a shower and then turning it back off after. To hedge her bets, Iglesias also dries clothes outside when possible and re-insulated her attic on her own. "What an incredible change it made in our comfort and monthly bill," she said.
Thermostat and lighting police: Susan Kapela of Delray Beach dutifully turns up the thermostat when she leaves home and turns off all lights when she leaves a room.
Alvaro E. Escobar of Broward County replaced outdoor light switches with timers so he doesn't have to risk leaving them on all night accidentally. He also keeps doors and closets closed in rooms that have no air-conditioning events to maximize his unit's output and changes AC filters every month.
Unfortunately FPL could not provide information about how much each customer saved on monthly bills.
But you get the theme: Little things count when it comes to saving money — and energy.
If you want a better idea of how much your old AC or dryer is costing you each month, or to get a personalized energy-saving plan, visit FPL.com and use the free Online Home Energy Survey.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times