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Even better things are on the horizon

Everyone likes a brighter, better day. That’s why we’re doing our part to ensure the brightest days are ahead for your family in 2015. Keeping Florida a great place to live and do business is important for all of us. Spreading the sunshine At FPL, making tomorrow better means continuing to make the most of […]

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Thinking small makes a big difference

FPL supports more than 450,000 small and medium businesses in the 35 counties we serve. This holiday season, we are encouraging all our customers to shop smart by shopping local. Extend Black Friday by shopping local for Small Business Saturday® on Nov. 29. By exploring neighborhood shops, you can find creative and unique gift options that may not […]

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What’s old, ugly and used but worth millions of dollars?

What’s old, ugly and used but worth millions of dollars? Many folks may not consider mounds of ugly wires to be anything but trash; but at FPL we see things a little differently. We’re recycling smarter to turn our trash into cash and creating savings for customers. By taking giant heaps of discarded underground cables […]

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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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Craig Muccio

About "Ask the Energy Expert"

Craig Muccio runs FPL's Conservation Research & Development Program and crunches the numbers to figure out how you can save by managing your energy use.

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

Top 3 energy myths busted in 2014

By Craig Muccio

Asked on: November 26, 2014 by

What were some of the most popular energy myths busted this year? 
Asked on: November 1, 2014, by Nancy A. from Juno Beach 

We’re here to help you find new ways to save and make your bill even lower. Here are the top energy myths busted in 2014:

1. What saves the most money? Putting my computer in sleep mode, or turning it off and on when I need it? 
Asked on: March 26, 2014, by Anastasia R. from Venice

Every dollar counts when you’re trying to save money. That’s why we recommend you turn off your computer when you are not using it. Another best practice is to activate the sleep mode on your computer and monitor. These features can help you save money and are easy to implement.
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2. I live in a four bedroom house and all my kids are gone. If I close the A/C vents in the extra rooms, will I save on my bill? 
Asked on: July 14, 2014, by Merlyn P. from Port St. Lucie

Closing air conditioning vents in unoccupied rooms will not lower your electric bill. In fact, the opposite could occur. That’s because closing a vent restricts the air flow to the various rooms in your home, which means your A/C will need to run even longer to maintain your desired temperature. The end result could be you spending more, not less.  
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3. Which A/C fan setting costs more, “on” or “auto?” My friend believes the “auto” setting uses more electricity. 
Asked on: August 28, 2014, by Beverly H. from Weston

That’s actually a common, but important question. The on/auto fan switch on your A/C thermostat will affect the price you pay to cool your home. The A/C fan circulates the cooled or heated air throughout your home. Setting the fan switch to “on” will make the A/C fan run continuously, 24 hours a day. Choosing the “auto” setting will cause the fan to shut off with the rest of the cooling system as soon as your desired temperature on your thermostat is reached.
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