If consumers can resist the urge to peek into open oven doors and avoid buying inflatable decorations, according to Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), they can save substantially on energy costs during this holiday season.
To help customers conserve resources, FPL has issued a list of nine handy ways for families to conserve costs and precious energy as the impending holidays require extra cooking and lighting.
"As we approach the holiday season, it's a good idea to understand how much your decorations and festive gatherings may impact your energy usage and bill," Tiffany Spence, FPL energy expert, said. "Knowing the ways customers can be energy efficient can help keep their energy bills low while still enjoying the holiday season."
FPL’s average residential electric bills are already commendably low — in fact, 30 percent lower than the national average. FPL wants its customers to save as much as possible; to that end, the utility has compiled suggestions for both decorating and cooking conservation.
For home decor, choose LED lights, which consume 70 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. FPL recommends curbing the use of inflatable yard decorations, which drive energy bills up from $2 to $9 extra monthly and add up over several months. Furthermore, use automatic timers for lights, as well as extension cords to cut down on electricity usage.
In the kitchen, FPL suggests using non-metal pans. Glass and ceramic cookware heats up faster and allows food to cook at slightly lower temperatures. Avoid checking food often because ovens lose heat each time the oven door is opened. Instead, use the oven light and window.
FPL also advises using an energy-efficient slow cooker. Finally, when choosing electronics and appliances, opt for laptops over desktops for computers and always look for the ENERGY STAR rating guide when selecting larger appliances.
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