With warmer weather approaching, now is the perfect time to start being conscious of saving energy and money. Not sure where to start? Our friends at TECO have some advice on ways to save energy and put a little extra cash back into your wallet.

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Turn Your Thermostat Up

During hot days, people usually turn down the thermostat to keep cool. We definitely think you should keep cool, but if you’re looking for ways to save energy turning up the thermostat a bit more will help. Even as small as a one-degree increase can help you save 10% on your next energy bill.

Check/Replace Weather Stripping

Weather Stripping is the seal where your doors and windows are protected from the elements. It’s important to check on these every few years to make sure they are holding up properly. By repairing the weather stripping in your home, you are properly keeping the interior air in, thus saving energy on heating and air conditioning. 

Read More: 7 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Windows

Increase the Amount of Insulation if Possible

If you’re able to add more insulation to your house this can greatly help your lower your energy bills. Proper insulation has a similar effect as replacing the weather stripping. The right amount of insulation will allow you to keep your home at a more consistent temperature.

Turn Off Electronics and Appliances

This one is one of the easier ways to save energy. Whether you’re going on vacation or you’re just leaving for the day for work, you can unplug a few regular household items before leaving the house to save energy. These include: 

  • Cellphone Chargers 
  • Laptops and Computers 
  • Lamps 
  • Toasters, Coffee Makers, or other small electronic items 
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Install Energy Efficient LED Lights

Not only will switching to LED lights help save you money, but they will also last longer than a traditional light bulb. LED lights use their energy much more efficiently than other types of bulbs. They produce light up to 90% more efficiently than incandescent light bulbs and 80% more efficient than CFLs.

Set Your Water Heater to 120 Degrees

Your water heater accounts for about 18% of your home’s energy bill, and it’s certainly an important aspect of your home. Because of the risks of having your water heater too low, the EPA recommends that you set your water heater to 120 degrees. This will help keep any potential diseases at bay and give you a supply of hot water that won’t cause scaling and remain relatively energy efficient.

Remember to Change Your Air Conditioner Filter

Like all filters, dirt and debris get trapped over time which can double the amount of work your air conditioner must do to keep your home cool. If not regularly changed, your air conditioning filter can have added wear and tear. We recommend changing your air filter every month or so to allow for freer air movement and improved indoor comfort.

Join us at Florida’s Largest Home Show

For more questions about ways to save energy in your home, visit TECO’s website and visit Florida’s Largest Home Show March 20th through the 22nd, 2020. The experts at TECO will be there to answer any questions you may have and get you on the road to a more energy-efficient home.