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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: 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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Ask the Expert: How to reduce the costs of running a pool

If my pool pump motor is the standard 1 horsepower (HP) and runs about 8 hours per day, how much will it cost me per month? What would the savings be if I buy the multi-speed motor, or the more expensive variable speed motor? Asked by: Joe D., Vero Beach, FL Have your own question?   Ask The Expert  › Hi Joe, outside of the air conditioner, the pool pump is the largest energy consumer in the average pool-containing home. Pool pumps use up to 2,500 kWh per year to circulate and filter the water. The average monthly costs for a...

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Get a $150 rebate toward your new A/C unit

Hi Deborah, deciding whether or not to replace your existing 15-year-old A/C unit is a big decision and large investment. The good news is – should you choose to purchase a new unit you could be looking at lower energy bills once you’ve installed a more efficient system. For example, if you replace a 10 SEER three-ton A/C unit with a 16 SEER system, you could save around $377 annually.

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Best A/C settings before going on vacation

We get asked this question a lot, Paul. To save energy while you’re away for the weekend, there really isn’t one answer that fits all because there are a lot of factors to consider. For example, the time of year, location, size and type of home, etc. can all influence your situation.

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