Before I get into this post, can we give a round of applause to our friends at Florida Power & Light Company (FPL)? This content may be sponsored, but they did a fantastic job getting power back in Boca Raton post-Hurricane Irma. I’ve never appreciated my A/C and pool pump more! Having electricity is honestly a cause for celebration. And after everything local families have been through this summer, I’m proposing a virtual toast. Join me in celebrating Energy Action Month with FPL!
Why is it so hard to stick to a budget, mamas? There’s always some amazing clothing sale or impulse purchase that sucks me in. And monthly bills? Hardly any companies actually provide you with ways to SAVE money. Except for one. Here’s how I power up my savings each month with FPL:
How to Power Up Your Savings Each Month with FPL
1. Monitor your air conditioning
Have you seen those “Your Wife is Hot” (better get the A/C fixed) billboards on the side of I-95? They crack me up every time, but #TRUTH! I would pretty much pay anything to keep cool during South Florida’s scorching summer months.
Did you know the average A/C unit lasts about 15 years in Florida? According to FPL, over time your A/C will lose efficiency. However, yearly service and maintenance can help extend its life. If your current air conditioning system is more than 10 years old, has needed frequent repairs, or if you have noticed that it is running longer to keep your home comfortable, it may be time to consider buying a new one. Yikes.
Purchasing a new A/C is a big (and expensive) decision. But if you are thinking about replacing your A/C before it stops working, you may be eligible to take advantage of FPL’s $150 rebate toward the purchase of a new qualifying unit. A new energy efficient cooling system could save you $ on your energy bill! Time to power up that savings!
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3. Power down when you’re not home
The amount of money I save on energy while away may not be life-changing, but every little bit helps right? Here’s a tip: Before you head out on vacation, make sure you leave your A/C on, with the fan switch in the “auto” mode and set the thermostat to 82 degrees or higher. The A/C alone can account for over 50% of your energy usage.
If you have a pool, your pool pump can be the second biggest energy user. FPL suggests running your pool pump four hours per day in the winter, and six hours per day in the summer. If you have a multi-speed pump, be sure to talk to a certified or registered pool contractor on how to set it while you are away.
The third biggest energy user? A traditional, tank-style electric water heater keeps your water hot day and night so it’s available when you need it. If you’re not going to be home, you’ll save energy by turning it off. See how to look for your tank’s on/off switch. If you’re going to be away for an extended period and don’t have an on/off switch, you may want to turn off the circuit breaker to the hot water heater.
Lighting can be the fourth largest energy user for homeowners. Make sure to turn off your lights when you leave for vacation and consider using automatic timers.
Perhaps now you’ll get inspired to power up your savings each month with FPL! Hope you liked these tips, MBMoms. 🙂
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OK, truth time. It seems like all I heard from my South Florida moms this summer was how broke and exhausted everyone was. Sure, there were sunny vacation days and happy moments according to social media. But for many, sleepless nights with babies (and/or toddlers), work, camp, home improvement projects, family expenses, trips and activities made most weeks feel like a tiring race to the finish line.
Everyone seems to want two things as we head into the fall: MORE energy and to spend LESS money.
Aside from recommending a reputable housekeeper and babysitter…and perhaps a regular fitness class, I really can’t help you too much with your physical energy. However, I can help guide you with ways to spend less money on your home’s energy courtesy of my friends at FPL. 🙂 There’s also a really cool giveaway at the end of this post, so keep reading!