Be Jolly and Bright This Holiday Season with Florida Power & Light Company’s energy-saving tips. The most wonderful time of the year is around the corner. The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration, with many Floridians decorating their homes with lights and festive décor and preparing to host fun gatherings.
While sprucing up the home for the holidays and welcoming family and friends back into our homes is cause for happiness, the holidays are a time when customers may use more energy than usual. To keep things merry and bright, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is offering easy ways to save money on your home’s energy bill.
Try implementing the energy-saving tips below and read on about how you can use FPL’s Energy Manager to stay on top of your energy use.
Keep lights/décor bright and energy use low
- Set it and forget it by using an automatic timer to control when your lights and cheerful inflatables turn on and off. The fewer the hours, the less energy you use.
- Brainstorm alternative options to electrical decorations such as making your own wreaths, ribbons or ornaments – all festive decorations that require no energy.
- Consider using smart power strips to avoid your holiday décor from drawing phantom energy, meaning the device appears off but is still drawing power while plugged in.
- Thinking about upgrading your holiday lights? Consider switching to LED string lights, which use 80% – 90% less energy and can last 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs.
Cook an energy-efficient holiday feast
- If you use a conventional oven, try to bake several dishes at the same time and use ceramic or glass kitchenware as it allows you to lower your oven by 25 degrees with the same cooking time – keeping your kitchen and home cool.
- When possible, use small cooking appliances in your kitchen such as the toaster oven, which saves up to 70% on energy use.
- Spend more time with family and less on washing dishes by skipping pre-rinse and running your dishwasher once it’s full to avoid wasting up to 20 gallons of water per day. Heating water for dishes is more efficient than using a lot of hot water on your kitchen sink.
Sit back, relax and be in control of your energy use
Written by Brad Goar, FPL Energy Expert
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