How to Conserve Energy in the Florida Summertime
Unlike many places in America, in the summertime in Florida, it’s par for the course to see electricity bills increase. In addition to insisting on energy-saving building techniques, using natural gas energy where available, and choosing energy star-rated appliances, there are many small measures you can take to reduce the load on the environment, and your wallet!
- Switch your ceiling fan to turn in a counter-clockwise direction In the summer; in the winter, run it clockwise at a low speed.
- Close your exterior doors and windows tightly when the air conditioner is on. Save even more by turning off kitchen and bath exhaust fans.
- Follow the instructions on your air conditioner to change filters as often as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Make saving automatic: Set your thermostat fan switch to "auto" to save energy. Leaving it in the "on" position keeps air running constantly.
- Block the sun from overheating your home. Inside, use shades, blinds and drapes. Outside, use awnings, trees and shrubs.
- Open interior doors so that cooled air flows freely throughout your home.
- Decorate for a cooler home by hanging light-colored curtains that allow light to enter a room while blocking some of the sun’s rays, and light-colored paint to reflect heat.
- Close unused air vents. Close air vents in rooms you're not using so you're not paying to cool them.
- Use ceiling fans to cool off for less. Ceiling fans use no more electricity than a standard light bulb.
- Install ceiling fans in every room. Because the breeze of a fan can make you feel three to four degrees cooler, you can raise that thermostat and still stay comfortable.
- Raise the temperature on your thermostat by a few degrees to save on your cooling costs.
- Install a programmable thermostat to adjust your temperature during the day. There are many thermostats that can be controlled from a smartphone if you forget to raise the temperature in your home while you are gone for the day.
If you have questions on how to build an energy-efficient home, or questions about your John Cannon Home, please don’t hesitate to contact us.