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Generator Safety

It’s storm season, and while at FPL we’re more prepared than ever before, a major storm can still cause power outages. You can be sure FPL will be working safely and as quickly as possible to get the lights back on. If you’re planning on using a generator in the meantime, it’s important to follow […]

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Surprise of a Lifetime

For the second year in a row, FPL awarded a $20,000 robotics scholarship to a deserving high school senior. This year’s winner was 17-year-old Titusville High School student Morgan Benson, who was surprised with the news of her win at school on May 22. Morgan will be attending John Hopkins University in Baltimore where she […]

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Stay Safe with FPL's Top Tips

Safety at work, home and play – that’s what we live by at Florida Power & Light Company. Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and employees. During the month of June –National Safety Month – we’re sharing 12 tips to help keep you safe when dealing with electricity. Be safe around […]

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The Energy that Powers Your Life is now Smart, too

Energy companies are finding new ways to deliver better service using smart technology It’s hard to imagine a time when we didn’t have smart tech devices making our lives easier. From smart cars that drive themselves to smart home devices that you control on your phone – smart technology is everywhere and we’re using it […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

Hot Weather Means Higher Bills

By Tiffany Spence

Asked on: June 15, 2017 by Bernice W., Coral Springs

Why has my energy bill increased the past few months? 

Hi Bernice, this is the age-old question, and is asked time and time again during the summer months as temperatures continue to rise. It’s plain and simple – your A/C is one of the largest energy users in your home and can account for more than half of your energy bill. So when your A/C runs longer, your energy bill is going to be higher.

There is a direct connection between outdoor temperatures and your energy usage. Your bill increases the hotter it gets outside because you’re consuming more energy due to your A/C running longer to keep your home cool. During the summer your A/C runs twice as long as it does in cooler months to keep your home at the same temperature, which can result in higher than normal bills.

For example, if the outside temperature is 80 degrees and you have your thermostat set to 78 degrees, your A/C will need to cool your home just 2 degrees. However, when it’s 90 degrees outside, your A/C will need to cool your home 12 degrees, running longer to keep the indoor temperature at 78 degrees.

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Easy ways to save:

Here are some ideas to help you keep your energy consumption under control and help you save:

  • Keep your thermostat at 78 degrees or warmer with the fan on "auto" and raise the thermostat setting to 82 degrees while you're away. For every one degree you increase in temperature, you can save about 5 percent on your monthly cooling costs.
  • Use a fan to cool the room you’re in, but turn it off when you leave.
  • Close shades, blinds and drapes to keep the sun’s heat out.
  • Grill outside instead of using the oven or stove to help keep your kitchen cool.
  • Maintain proper airflow by keeping interior doors and vents open to help air circulate.
  • Clean or replace your A/C filter regularly to help your unit run more efficiently.
  • Consider buying a new high-efficiency air conditioner and you may qualify for a $150 rebate when you purchase your A/C system through a Participating Independent Contractor (PIC).

Visit FPL.com/EasyToSave to learn how you can save up to $250 on your energy bill by taking our Online Home Energy Survey and view your personalized Online Energy Dashboard where you can see how the outside temperature and other factors impact your bill by month, day and hour.

Thanks again Bernice and stay cool!

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