The energy-savings plan you need on your New Year’s resolution list
It’s no secret that this is the time of year for New Year’s resolutions. Each year I evaluate everything from my fitness to my finances and set goals to make improvements. This year I am putting out a challenge to all FPL customers (including myself) to add one more resolution to the list – one you wouldn’t normally think about: getting your home “energy fit.”
New Year’s Resolution: Get your home “energy fit” in four steps:
Step 1: Before you can get your home “energy fit” you need to find out what kind of shape it’s in by completing the new Online Home Energy Survey. Whether your home is a power pro that only needs routine energy efficiency maintenance, or an energy novice that needs a boot camp-like regimen, there are always things you can do to make improvements. And the good news is, this year we’ve made getting your personalized energy-savings plan even easier. The Online Home Energy Survey has new features such as a new user-friendly design and a more printer-friendly personalized energy-savings plan.
Step 2: Review and print your personalized energy-savings plan. Take note of energy-saving tips that you can implement right away at little or no cost to you like adjusting your energy consumption habits or appliance settings. If there are recommendations for making energy efficiency upgrades to your home equipment like your ducts or A/C, highlight the FPL program that can offer you energy incentives or rebate for doing so.
Step 3: Set goals based on your plan’s recommendations. Since goals are very personal, yours may vary based on how much effort, time and money you want to put into it. If you only want to implement low cost, or no cost measures like adjusting habits or switching to CFLs, your goal will be very different than if you decide to upgrade your refrigerator to an Energy Star® model or replace your air conditioner at a higher seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). Since I am year-round renter, I fall into that first category and plan on making changes to my habits and switching out incandescent bulbs with compact-fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. I may even suggest that my owner sign up for the On Call® program. That way I can get additional energy savings while I remain a tenant, the owner can reap the benefits when his place isn’t being rented.
Step 4: Set a timeline for your goals and measure against them. You will need to determine your timeframe for measuring savings. You may want to save past energy bills or log in to FPL.com to compare this year’s costs to last year’s costs if you are making substantial energy upgrades to your home appliances or equipment like an air conditioner. If you are making small adjustments to your everyday energy use habits, you may prefer to measure month-over-month for a one-year period. I plan on doing the latter.
As FPL customers, we already have the lowest electric bills in the state, and getting our homes “energy fit” is a way to make that bill even lower. As you get ready to start your journey toward your New Year’s resolutions, I hope you’ll consider taking the first step toward making your home “energy fit” by completing the new Online Home Energy Survey to get a head start on your goal today.