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Safety tips for Halloween

For children, the only two things to worry about for Halloween is getting a great costume and gathering heaps of candy. However for parents, along with the fun comes the need to keep kids safe while they canvas the neighborhood in the dark of night. Here are a few easy, energy-efficient tricks to make sure […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


David Bromstad

About "Ask the Energy Expert"

David is the original winner of HGTV’s Design Star and has appeared on many other design programs. He has also been an FPL customer for more than 23 years and has experience using smart technology to help manage his 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

Which smart appliances will help you save?

By David Bromstad

Asked on: September 30, 2015 by Helen R., Palm Springs

There are so many gadgets available these days. Which do you recommend that will help increase energy efficiency while still looking nice?

You’ll have a chance to chat live with David on October 12 at 8 p.m. on Twitter, @insideFPL. 

I’m so excited to partner with FPL to help tackle questions like this! There is definitely a way to save energy and money, while still keeping your look on point. 

Smart Thermostats
Talk about smart technology, smart thermostats can sense when you’re home and when you’re not! They adjust automatically to make you comfortable and help you save money while you’re away. You can even control them from an app on your phone. 

This is the perfect way to put into practice the tips from this blog. When you have a smart thermostat, you can save energy during the day by setting the temperature higher and not using your A/C. Then you can set it to start cooling down a little while before you get home from work so it’ll be nice and comfortable by the time you walk through the door. The best of both worlds, energy savings AND comfort!


Smart Fans
Ceiling fans sure have come a long way! Now you can control them with just a touch through your mobile device. A nice feature, whether you’re sitting at home and don’t want to get up to adjust the fan speed or if you’ve already left the house and can’t remember if you turned it off. 

Fans are a great way to save energy because they can help you feel cooler by blowing a nice breeze that will let you set the A/C a little higher. Get more fan tips from FPL. Did you know that for every degree warmer you raise your thermostat, you can save up to 5% on your heating and cooling costs? Talk about smart savings!


Smart Bulbs
You know I love a sweet splash of color! Who knew your lightbulbs could be one of those splashes?! New smart bulbs are not only energy efficient, but come in different colors that can actually change along with your music, creating the perfect mood for you and your guests. What a bright idea!


Smart Outlets
Even more smart technology you can control at your fingertips, smart outlets let you control just about anything you plug into them. Plug in your stereo and have relaxing music waiting for you when you get home. The possibilities are endless!


So there you have it, oodles of smart technology to help you control your energy usage and mood with a simple touch of a button. I can just picture it now, walking through my front door to a cool comfortable home, thanks to my smart thermostat, then my smart fan powering on as I walk into the room, listening to my stereo that’s plugged into a smart outlet, all while smart bulbs adjust to create the perfect mood. Now I’m just waiting for a smart stove to cook my dinner for me! Hope you enjoyed the tech tips, sweeties! 

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