We’ve reached those dog days of summer and Florida’s scorching heat is here to stay…for a little while anyway. Just because temperatures are on the rise, doesn’t mean your utility bill has to be. Floridians are already considered pretty frugal on their electrical consumption compared to the rest of the United States, but are you considered one of those people? If not, no worries…we have scoured the internet and found some great tips from the Duke Energy, Orlando Utility Commission, and Florida Power and Light websites to help alleviate your family’s reliance on electricity use over the summer.

Hopefully these tips will save you from the sticker shock of a high power bill and put a little extra money in your pocket. What will you do with more money this summer?

  • Wash only full loads in dishwashers and clothes washers.
  • Limit the time you run your pool pump:
    Summer – six hours a day
    Winter – four hours a day
  • Reduce your water heater temperature from 140 degrees to 120 degrees, which is the recommended temperature setting according to the U.S. Department of Energy, to save about $2 a month.
  • Clean the lint filter in your dryer before every load to dry your clothes faster.
  • Use the auto sensor function on your dryer to conserve energy by not over-drying your clothes.
  • Set your refrigerator temperature between 35 and 38°F. Use the power-save switch if you have one.
  • Repair refrigerator door seals if you feel cold air around the closed door or if moisture is collecting.
  • Dust your fridge the next time you dust your house. Check the coils behind the refrigerator and use coil vacuums or dusters to clean it off and keep costs down.
  • Keep your freezer full – it uses less energy than an empty one. For maximum savings, consider filling your freezer with gallon containers of water.
  • Use shades, drapes and blinds to keep the sun and heat out.
  • Use ceiling fans to feel cooler, but turn them off when you leave the room. Remember, ceiling fans cool people, not rooms.
  • Close windows and outside doors while the air conditioning is on so you are not air conditioning the outdoors.
  • Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, although some may need to keep the temperature a little cooler. Each degree you raise the thermostat above 78 degrees will save 6 to 8 percent on your cooling bill.
  • Keep your central A/C unit on auto. To increase savings even more, turn off the unit completely or set it to 85 degrees when you’re away from home for more than four hours.
  • Replace air filters monthly.
  • Caulk and weather strip leaky windows and doors.