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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.
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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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