Florida Public Utilities offers Free Energy Check-Ups to all our natural gas and electric customers. Also referred to as energy audits, Free Energy Check-Ups allow us to generate a personalized analysis of your home’s or business’s energy usage. Here are four reasons why you should sign up for a Free Energy Check-Up this year!
Our state's beautiful weather throughout the year can make it difficult to recognize seasonal changes. Fortunately, events like Daylight Savings and Thanksgiving serve to remind us of autumn giving way to winter. As our bodies adjust to the early evenings and we eventually recover from our tryptophan hangovers, we collectively brace for how fast time will fly during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Florida Public Utilities Company (FPUC) is urging its commercial customers to use this hectic time of the year to start thinking about improving how their commercial buildings consume energy in 2017.
Here on Earth, we tend to visually associate the sources of energy that fuel our lives and businesses with a particular image that we project in our minds.
I had an interesting experience this past week; I would like to share with you. I had an appointment to go to a customer’s home and perform an energy audit. An energy audit is where a trained professional comes in and looks at all your home’s energy uses. I examine everything about the home, insulation levels, window quality, and examine all the equipment in the home.
Many times over the past several years while investigating high utility bills, I’ve discovered a hidden culprit to escalated energy costs! This thief has been found in both residential and commercial situations but especially in restaurants.
Here in Florida our highest energy cost is air conditioning our homes. Central air conditioning systems are highly complex with many various parts. In most situations you have the unit outside the home which is the compressor and cooling fan. Somewhere inside the home, often in the garage or attic is the second part referred to as the air handler. Within this unit is an inverted V shaped piping system known as the cooling coils. There also is a fan and blower motor inside this unit.
Whether it’s cleaning the stovetop after dinner, or removing lint from the dryer’s filter, most people know how to care for their appliances after each use. However, there are also periodical maintenance guidelines you should take in order to keep your home appliances running smoothly and safely as well to increase energy efficiency. The right weekly, monthly and yearly upkeep can even help your appliances last longer. Here are some important reminders to include on your home maintenance checklist.
I have the privilege of helping our customers solve the riddles when they feel their utility costs are too high. It is often a challenge to really get to the bottom of a high bill, especially when on first look there is nothing out of the ordinary. I will tell you about three common areas that will cause your utility bills to rise. In each case, you will have some options to counter the impact with a conservation tip.
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