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.
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Asked on: March 3, 2011 by Bob T., Port Orange
My wife and I own an older home and we’d like to make it more energy efficient. What one home upgrade would save us the most money on our electricity bill?
There are many ways to save energy and money in your older home. Here are some ideas, in order of savings:
- Install a more energy-efficient air conditioner to save the most.
- Make sure you have at least six inches of insulation in your attic.
- Schedule an A/C ductwork test to check for leaks. Nearly half of all homes have leaky ducts, which can cause your electric bill to increase.
- If your home is more than 20 years old, replace high-flow showerheads with new low-flow ones. This inexpensive improvement saves water and the electricity to heat it.
- Upgrade any ordinary light bulbs you replace frequently with compact fluorescent light bulbs. CFLs last up to 10 times longer and save about $50 in electricity over the life of each bulb.
To learn more about saving energy and our rebate programs that help you pay for efficiency upgrades, visit www.FPL.com/programs.
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