It’s an unfortunate but true fact: Floridians depend highly upon air-conditioning. But the significance of HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) also shows up in our bill: on average, 60% or more of our electric costs go to HVAC. Residents here at Shell Point Retirement Community often ask what they can do to save on energy costs. Here are a few tips that can help you conserve resources and control costs.
- Open the refrigerator only when necessary and close the door as quickly as possible. Refrigerators are big energy users.
- Never open windows when the air conditioning is on, and turn blinds in such a direction that they keep out direct sunlight while lettings indirect light in.
- Use cold water when washing clothes, most detergents work as well in cold water as they do in hot water, and colors will fade less too.
- Turn your bathroom exhaust fan on when taking showers. The humidity generated by hot showers takes hours to dry up with an air conditioner.
- Use your kitchen exhaust fan when cooking, it helps remove humidity and keeps your home cooler.
- Wear comfortable natural-fiber clothing during the summer. Use ceiling fans when available. Evaporation is a cooling process and allows us to run air conditioners less.
- Most importantly, encourage others to conserve. If every 60 watt bulb in the US were replaced by a fluorescent bulb, we would have the same light but use almost 24% less electricity.