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We can all help our neighbors in need this holiday season

This holiday season, you can make a difference in the lives of our fellow Floridians through FPL’s Care to Share® program. Since 1994, the program has helped individuals and families who experienced temporary financial difficulties, such as sudden illness, unexpected unemployment, or another emergency or personal crisis, keep their lights on when they needed it […]


Safety tips for Halloween

For children, the only two things to worry about for Halloween is getting a great costume and gathering heaps of candy. However for parents, along with the fun comes the need to keep kids safe while they canvas the neighborhood in the dark of night. Here are a few easy, energy-efficient tricks to make sure […]


Ensuring Reliability

Getting your life back to normal faster after a storm

As president of Florida Power & Light Company, Eric Silagy leads the thousands of employees who bring affordable, reliable power to you every day. He’s raising his family here in the sunshine state, something that fuels his drive to always look for ways to make tomorrow better for all of us. If you’ve experienced a […]


Old Poles Have New Life as Artificial Reefs

If you’re a local diver, angler and anyone who loves the ocean, I’ve got good news. You can now enjoy two new artificial reefs that were created using a donation of concrete FPL poles, right off the coast of St. Lucie County. Consider it  a new take on recycling! One of the things I love […]


Restoring power -- anytime, anywhere

From time to time, you may see an FPL truck parked near your home late at night, possibly even when your power is working just fine. Don’t be alarmed. Our crews work around the clock to restore power, and they may need to work on equipment located near you to resolve an outage in your […]


Energy Efficiency

Students see solar energy in action

Schools across Florida are using our state’s sunshine to help power classrooms and teach kids about clean energy. Through FPL’s Solar Pilot Program, nearly 100 schools and other educational facilities will be getting special solar-panel displays by the end of 2014. While installing solar panels can be out of reach for many Floridians, these facilities […]


Tiffany Spence

About "Ask the Energy Expert"

Tiffany Spence is an energy expert at Florida Power & Light Company. She’s conducted thousands of energy audits at homes and businesses, helping customers find new ways to make their bills even lower.

Your questions on energy-related topics can be submitted anytime to our Ask the Energy Expert blog. Just click here to submit your question, and if chosen, it will be answered here

What you need to know before you head home

By Tiffany Spence

Asked on: January 25, 2017 by Divina M., Sarasota

What can snowbirds do to save the most energy while we are up north?

Great question, Divina, and one we get asked a lot. Having the opportunity to answer questions like this is one of the best parts of my job. I enjoy providing advice to help our customers save.

What temperature should I keep my home at while I’m away…that’s the million dollar question
We’ve done a lot of research on this topic and the best A/C setting to cool your home while you’re away is between 72 and 80 degrees, but that depends on the type of thermostat you have.

If you have a programmable thermostat, we recommend setting your A/C to cool your home at 72 degrees with the fan switched to “auto” for just two hours each morning before sunrise and 88 degrees the rest of the time.

For a manual or non-programmable thermostat, with the fan switched to “auto,” set your A/C to cool at 80 degrees for homes and 77 degrees for condos or apartments during the day.

Remember to set the controls of your humidistats and/or dehumidifiers to 58 percent relative humidity, or RH, to maintain acceptable humidity, since some humidistat sensors are inaccurate by as many as 10 percentage points. 

Monitor your energy use from wherever you are
You can also manage your energy use by the month, day or hour while you’re away. Check out your Energy Dashboard on any computer or smart device from wherever you are to see how much energy you’re actually using at your Florida home. An unexpected increase in energy usage while you’re away could mean an appliance or A/C malfunction that, if left unaddressed, could be costly.

If you haven’t tried it yet, the Energy Dashboard is simple to use. Just log in to your account on FPL.com, and once you’re logged in, scroll down on the page until you see the ‘energy usage’ header. From there you can click on the ‘visit energy dashboard’ link. For complete instructions, check out our Energy Dashboard user guide.

Let us help you simplify
Another suggestion is to set yourself up to have the easiest FPL billing experience while you’re away. You can receive your monthly bills via email with FPL Email Bill®. And then, you can sign up for FPL Automatic Bill Pay® to ensure on-time payment of your bills. It’s simple – just set it up once, and we’ll handle the rest.  

To see more energy-saving tips visit FPL.com/seasonal.

Thanks for asking this question and we look forward to having you back in a few months!

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