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Author: Brad Goar

Brad Goar
Brad Goar is the program manager for FPL's Home Energy Survey and Low Income Weatherization programs. With over 140,000 home energy surveys performed annually, FPL's Home Energy Survey is one of the largest utility run energy survey programs in the nation.

Ask the Expert: Phone chargers – keep plugged-in all the time or unplug?

Does it take more energy to leave a phone charger in the outlet, even when it isn’t charging? Asked by: Richard R., question via Have your own question?   Ask The Expert  › It’s true most of us leave our cell phone charger plugged into the wall even when we’re not using it. The good news is that while the charger does use a tiny bit of power when left plugged into the outlet, it’s only about 23 cents a year for an FPL residential customer. This small amount of energy use is called “phantom energy.” Power adapters, like cell...

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Ask the Expert: The best A/C settings for seasonal customers

I leave Florida in May every year and return the following January. What should I set my thermostat on for the summer? Should I unplug TVs, refrigerator, microwave, oven, etc.? Asked by: Paul from Sarasota Have your own question?   Ask The Expert  › Thanks for your question, Paul. Here are some tips to help seasonal customers – like you – maximize savings, and prevent potential issues while away. If you have a manual thermostat FPL recommends setting your air conditioning system to 80 degrees for detached homes and townhouses, and 77 degrees for condos and apartments. These measures control the...

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Ask the Expert: Heating vs. Cooling – Which costs more?

What costs more – heating or cooling? Asked by: Patricia M., Venice, FL Have your own question?   Ask The Expert  › You may be surprised to hear that heating is more expensive because most houses in Florida use electric resistance strip heaters which use more energy, so it does cost more to run the heat in your home than it does to cool it. While extreme cold weather is rare in Florida, we can always count on at least one good cold snap to drive higher energy bills if you turn on your heat. When you are cooling an area,...

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Ask the Expert: Managing home heating costs before cooler temperatures arrive

My energy bill was much higher than expected last year. What I can do to save on my energy bill this winter? Joyce  H, Indialantic, FL Have your own question?   Ask The Expert  › While our cold weather is not as severe as our neighbors to the north, we all know that the “Florida cold” we experience can still be enough to turn on the heat. The reality is that heating systems in most Florida homes are inefficient and can cost a lot more to operate. In fact, it can take two to three times more energy to heat a...

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Ask the Expert: Savings around the house

My wife is a retired teacher and I am a veteran. We keep lights off and regulate our A/C, but it's not enough to stay on budget. What can we do to lower our bill? Talbert B., Lake Worth, FL Have your own question?   Ask The Expert  › We all want to save energy around the house and reduce our energy bill.  To help answer your question, and many others like this one, we’ve put together a room-by-room guide with tips on how to save energy and reduce your household bills. Here are a few ideas to get you started:...

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