Tips to Help You Cut Electric Bills as Temperatures Rise
Date: May 21, 2012
Media Contact: Doug Young, Energy and Sustainability Program
Phone: 954-519-1265

Simple actions, such as adjusting A/C and water heater settings, replacing A/C filters monthly and turning off the ceiling fan when you leave a room can save consumers money and these savings will add up quickly, especially with the start of the hot, humid summer months approaching. That’s the message of the second phase of an energy conservation campaign launched by Broward County as part of the ENERGY SENSE program.

“Anyone who has lived in South Florida knows that as the temperatures and humidity rise during the summer months, so do the electric bills,” said Doug Young, education and outreach specialist with the Broward County Energy and Sustainability Program. “The increased demands on the power grid cost us all. This campaign will not only help Broward residents save money, but also benefit the environment as we use energy more efficiently. That’s why we chose this theme for the campaign.”

Using the theme, “Real People. Real Tips. Real Savings,” the multimedia campaign, which can already be seen on billboards and buses across the County, features Broward County residents sharing their own tips to conserve energy—and save money—every day. A second phase of the public service campaign including newspaper, radio and online ads launched recently.

Residents are directed to for more information and to download an ENERGY SENSE savings card. Here are just a few tips to make your home more energy efficient and cut your electric bill this summer:

• Cool your home at 78˚F or warmer with the thermostat fan switched to auto. For additional savings, raise your thermostat to 82˚ F or warmer when you’re away. Savings can be $200-300 per year.

• Adjust your water settings. Turn the hot water heater down to 120˚ F. Wash your clothes in cold water. Combined savings can be $30-475 per year.

• Clean or replace the A/C filter monthly and get an annual maintenance checkup. A properly functioning A/C system can save between 10-30 percent on related energy costs.
• Turn off your ceiling fan when you leave the room. A fan that runs all the time costs up to $7 per month.

• Keep your refrigerator running efficiently. Refrigerators use 1/6 of home energy. Cleaning your refrigerator coils and pulling the refrigerator away from the wall will reduce energy use.

• Tint your windows. Solar control window film (tinting) reduces heat gain by 80 percent, which helps lower energy consumption. Average annual cooling cost savings can be $100-300.

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