FLORIDA – The arrival of spring brings increased energy usage, especially since many of us continue to spend more time at home.

To help consumers save energy as the weather heats up Florida Power & Light (FPL) offers some simple tips:

*Check windows for air leaks. Check your windows for drafts. Re-caulking and using weather strips can help to keep the warm air outside.

*Leave incandescent bulbs behind. LED bulbs are 85% more efficient than incandescent bulbs and last 10 times longer.

*Try to block out the sun. Use thermal-backed drapes for your windows and sliding doors and keep them closed during the sunniest parts of the day to help keep your home cool.

*Always turn off your fan. Ceiling fans cool people, not rooms. Turn ceiling fans off when you leave a room. Leaving them on in an empty room can drive up energy costs.

*Never leave your A/C filter dirty. Be sure to change the filter and make a habit of doing so within the time frame recommended for your model.

*Inspect the ceiling for duct leaks. If the ceiling is dirty around your A/C vents, that is a good indication of leaks in your ducts. Contact an A/C contractor to perform a duct test if that’s the case.

*Consolidate electronics with power strips. Easily turn off a group of electronics at once when they’re not in use by consolidating several plugs onto a power strip. This could save you up to $100 a year.

Get energy savvy. Install a smart thermostat and control the temperature of your home from anywhere. When used appropriately, these can help a single-family home save about 3% of total energy costs.

Looking for more ways to save this spring?

Check out FPL’s various energy saving programs, like our ceiling insulation and A/C rebates, the no cost On Call program and our free Energy Analyzer tool at fpl.com/save/programs.

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