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Elaine Hinsdale, a Floridian for more than 30 years, is a member of FPL’s communications team. She helps customers understand how to monitor their energy usage using smart grid technology and promotes the benefits of a smarter electric grid in the community.
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Asked on: June 3, 2013 by Nancy M., Port Charlotte, FL
How do I find out how to save money and energy using my smart meter?
We have a great tool for you! Our upgrade to smart meters has made it possible for us to create an Energy Dashboard for our customers—so you don’t have to wait until the end of the month to see how much electricity you’re using and how much it’s costing you. You can sign on as often as you like and use it to check your usage right down to the day and the hour. Here are some tips:
- When the weather heats up, check frequently to see the effect of high temperatures on your energy usage. You can make simple changes to items like your A/C or ceiling fans to avoid an unpleasant surprise when the monthly bill arrives!
- Involve your kids in a family plan to conserve energy. Start by showing them the hourly graphs—does your household’s usage spike when they come home from school? Kids love games. Challenge them to conserve and reward them with a family movie night.
- Are you a snowbird flying north for the summer? Use the dashboard to keep an eye on your Florida property from a distance. An unexpected increase in energy usage while you’re away could mean an appliance or A/C malfunction that, left unaddressed, could be costly.
The Energy Dashboard is simple to use. Just go to www.FPL.com and enter your user ID and password in the “Account Log In” box. Once you’re logged in to your account, go to “Billing & Usage History.” For complete instructions, check out our Energy Smart Florida handbook. Or, you can access the information by calling the number on your FPL bill.
Try the Energy Dashboard today! Then tell us: What are your favorite ways to use the Energy Dashboard?
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