Stay Warm and Save Energy When the Temperatures Dip with these tips:
Make your home work smarter, not harder, to keep you warm
- Set and keep your thermostat at 68 degrees. Every degree above 68 can add up to 10% in heating costs.
- Avoid changing your thermostat by more than two degrees at a time. This helps prevent backup heating elements from coming into play.
- Keep your water heater temperature at 115 degrees to still provide plenty of hot water.
Get creative with ways to stay warm
- Use electric blankets or a heated mattress cover to your advantage as these are more cost effective than heating the entire home. Most importantly, use these safely and avoid running cords under your mattress.
- Let the sun in during the day by keeping your south-facing windows open for natural heat.
- Be mindful when using portable space heaters by only using them to heat small areas.
- Reverse the setting on your ceiling fans to push warm air down.
Time for a home check-up
- If you have an older home, consider reviewing your insulation and crawl space. Proper floor and attic insulation, along with tightly sealed windows and doors, are critical to keeping warm.
- Clean or replace your air conditioner’s filter every month to trim your heating costs and help your unit run more efficiently.
- Consider upgrading your heating systems with heat pumps to warm your home more efficiently.
Find more tips to lower your energy bill this winter at FPL.com/waystosave.