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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: 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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Save energy and dollars with a dual or variable pool pump

Did you know that a pool pump is the second largest user of energy in your home behind the air conditioner? Just like replacing older appliances with more energy efficient ones, the same applies to your pool pump. In fact, the State of Florida passed a law in 2011 that requires new residential pool pumps to be more energy efficient. The law changed the types of pool pumps and motors that can be installed on new residential pools.

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Start saving today with LEDs

LED bulbs can do everything old incandescent bulbs do, and more. While LED bulbs can cost a little more upfront, they create savings for you in the long run by using four times less energy and lasting up to 10 times longer. We know that everyone’s definition of “worth it” is going to vary, especially when you consider that lighting is about 10 percent of the average residential electric bill.

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