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Asked on: June 24, 2014 by Peter L. from North Miami Beach
No one likes surprises, particularly when it comes to your expenses. When you haven’t changed your habits, it's understandable how a higher than normal bill might not seem to makes sense. But, while you haven’t changed anything, the weather has changed.
High temperatures = higher bills
For example, in hotter months, your A/C can run up to twice as long as it does in cooler months to keep your home at the same temperature. Think of it this way: if the outside temperature is 80 degrees and you have your thermostat set to 78 degrees, then your A/C has to cool your home just 2 degrees. However, when it’s 90 degrees outside, your A/C has to cool your home 12 degrees, running longer to keep the indoor temperature at 78 degrees. Your A/C is one of the largest energy users in your home. So, when it’s running longer, your bill will be higher.
Another reason your bill may seem higher than normal is the variation in billing cycle days. The number of days included in your monthly bill can vary between 28 and 35 days due to holidays and other factors. So even if you use the same amount of electricity per day, your bill may be higher, or lower, from one month to the next depending on the number of days of service included in your bill.
Make your bill lower
View our Summer Tips to learn how to control the cost of cooling your home. Some easy tips include:
- Keep your thermostat at 78 degrees or warmer with the fan on "auto" and raise the thermostat setting to 82 degrees while you're away
- Turn off fans when you leave a room
- Close shades, blinds and drapes to keep the sun’s heat out
Take an Online Home Energy Survey to learn other ways to save within your home.
View your personalized Energy Dashboard to see how the outside temperature and other factors impact your bill by month, day and hour.
Sign up for FPL Budget Billing® to say goodbye to summer bill fluctuations. While not a savings plan, this program evens out your annual energy costs so you pay approximately the same amount each month.
As an FPL customer, you have the lowest electric bill in the state, and we’re committed to always helping you find ways to make it even lower.