According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Floridians only trailed Texans in residential electricity spending. When you see your monthly utility bills, it’s impossible to know where you can improve inefficiency. You don’t have to decide to turn the thermostat up a few degrees to save money. You can live comfortably and save money by scheduling an energy audit.
As you probably guessed, air conditioning is the biggest energy expense in the average home in Florida. Did you know we spend more than four times the national average on air conditioning? If you have an older air conditioner, an upgrade could mean a serious break for your bank account, especially when you factor in the savings in repair cost with a newer unit.
Even if you have a new unit, it could still be operating inefficiently. Air leakage through windows is a great example. Double-pane windows are less common here than the rest of the country and aren’t just for cold climates. They can also help with keeping cool air inside the home. There are so many other aspects of your home that affect air conditioning costs. Windows are just one example!
Appliances, Electronics, and Lighting
While we all know the cost of air conditioning in Florida, you may not have realized that 50% of energy consumption here comes from a lot of the miscellaneous uses. Televisions, lighting, computers, and other devices all add up to half of the typical electric bill. There are so many opportunities for increased savings here as well. Efficient lighting fixtures and appliances in the home can add up to a lot of savings.
Additionally, energy-saving habits, such as turning off lights when not in use or using a programmable thermostat, can add up in the long run. When combined, it’s not uncommon for a home to save 20% or more on monthly energy bills!
Your energy bill is more than the amount you pay every month. It’s a report on your home’s efficiency. You just need an expert to help interpret it. At Mid-Florida Heating & Air, we offer free home energy audits by BPI-certified technicians with free estimates for our recommended improvements.