How to use less energy and still pay the same.

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If you are a Florida Power customer you might be asking that question in the months ahead.

The Florida Public Service Commission approved Florida Power & Light Company request to increase their customer's electric costs to offset unanticipated fuel costs. Reports are that the increase will be approximately 8%.

The FPL news release does offer the following ways to reduce your electricity usage.

  • Cool your home at 78 degrees or warmer with the thermostat fan switch on "auto." For additional savings, raise your thermostat to 82 degrees or warmer when you're away from home.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature automatically and maximize your energy savings.
  • Clean or replace your air conditioner's filter monthly to trim your cooling costs.
  • Turn off your ceiling fan when you leave the room. A fan that runs constantly can cost up to $7 a month depending on size and age.
  • Avoid pre-rinsing dishes before putting in dishwasher. It can save nearly $6 a month.
  • Limit the time you run your pool pump to six hours a day in summer and four a day in winter.
  • Adjust the water level on your washing machine to match the load size, especially when using hot water. Always use a cold rinse.
  • Clean the lint filter in your dryer before every load to dry your clothes faster and save money.
  • Use the auto sensor function on your dryer, if you have one, to conserve energy by not over-drying your clothes.

This is all well and good, but all it means is that we are conserving energy in anticipation of our rates increasing. It's high time FPL and other energy companies put alternative power sources to good use. If we pay more then we should expect more.

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