Here’s a riddle for you:
It is invisible but lights up the dark, and sometimes costs more than you’d like.
Your child’s love?
Awe, what a sweet sentiment, and also true, but nope!
It’s ENERGY!!! And like it or not, we are all dependent on it in one way or another. I’m not sure about you, but it is one of those things that while I use it every day, I don’t think about it until either (A) it goes out or (B) I get a high bill. October is Energy Awareness Month and I recently had the opportunity to learn more from FPL about new programs, energy saving tips and how to integrate smart technology into my home to help save money and be more energy efficient.
Be Smart – Where to Start
So where do we start to make our home a smart home energy-wise? FPL makes it easy to learn with a few smart solutions to save you energy and money. First things first, we took an Online Home Energy Survey offered here. This survey is helpful because it helps YOU understand your home and how your family uses energy in your day to day life. Here are some things to consider:
- Heating and cooling: Is someone home during most weekdays?
- Water heating: It’s OK, mama likes a long hot shower and we run our dishwasher about 2x per week.
- Laundry: It’s never-ending, but in actuality, we do about 5 loads per week, 2 on the hot water cycle.
- And then questions on appliances, lighting, pool & spa and more tips to be efficient with your energy use.
Take Control of Energy Use with the FPL App
One of the biggest game changers is the new FPL App. The app can help you easily monitor your energy usage, view your projected bill, track the length of your billing cycle and pay your bill all in the palm of your hand! This information is also available on your FPL energy dashboard here.
FPL also offers a Thermostat Setting Calculator which can show you estimated costs, I learned we could save approximately $8/month raising our temperature from 73 degrees to 75 degrees! You can see which changes make the most difference. (FYI the projected bill is calculated by taking the daily temperature average and your specific consumption average).
Simple Upgrades: The Smart Thermostat
As part of my energy-saving overhaul, I had the chance to talk with an FPL energy expert, and learn more about how technology is making it easy for families to update their homes with smart tools.
SAMB: What is a simple smart tool to integrate into your home?
FPL: A smart thermostat. It’s an investment up front, with some running up to $200, but as we have heard from our customers it is something they really enjoy because it gives them the ability to control their A/C remotely and take advantage of all the features that the smart thermostats have. In addition to using them from your phone, some have voice commands, like the ecobee3 which is Alexa enabled. Traditional thermostats measure the temperature in the hallway where that thermostat is and based on that the AC turns on and off. The ecobee3 smart thermostat smart thermostat has room sensors that you can install so it can measure the air temperature around the house and more accurately.
SAMB: What is another helpful service smart thermostats can provide?
FPL: They can help you beat the heat! If you have been away at the office all day, or out and about with the kids you could come home to a really toasty house. A smart thermostat or even a basic programmable one will allow you to set it to start cooling a couple of hours before you come home. And if you go away on vacation, you may leave in a rush and forget to bump up the thermostat. You can do it from an app on your smartphone!
SAMB: Lastly, why does FPL care about helping us lower our bills and save energy?
FPL: The reason is that when we are energy efficient, we all save. Energy efficiency means that we don’t need to build additional power plants to generate more energy. Since we started our energy conservation programs more than 20 years ago, we have avoided the need to build 13 additional power plants. And it is because we are all in it together. As an energy company, FPL has the responsibility to educate our customers about how they can save and invest in what’s smart and what’s efficient so we can help keep bills low.
Ready to Get Started and Save?
Take the free Online Home Energy Survey, and you’ll be automatically entered to win a $10,000 Smart Home Energy Makeover and weekly prizes, including the ecobee4 Smart Thermostat. FPL Customers visit here to enter to win and for official rules. Offer ends October 31, 2017.