Best Ways to Save Energy in your Orlando Home

Make your Orlando homes energy efficient and save yourself some cold, hard cash every month on your energy bills. There are simple things you can do to not let your home drain your money pocket dry.

1. Cooling

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Cover windows that let in a lot of heat from the sun. Image from Pinterest.

  • Block the sun from your windows
  • Close exterior doors and windows
  • Switch fan to run counterclockwise in summer and clockwise in winter
  • Give your AC a tune up
  • Insulate your walls/ceiling/attic
  • Open all interior doors for free flowing cooling
  • Decorate for cooler home, lighter colors

2. Heating

A programmable thermostat can reduce energy. Image from energy.gov

A programmable thermostat can reduce energy. Image from energy.gov

  • Cover all bare floors
  • Lower thermostat temp to 68
  • Do not block air vents
  • Change air filters
  • Keep blinds open in winter to have sun help heat your home
  • Close fireplace flue
  • Keep extra heaters off (space heaters)
  • Seal doors and windows for drafts

3. Lighting

UK company reVend specializes in supplying reverse vending machine systems for recycling.  Image from: triplepundit.com

UK company reVend specializes in supplying reverse vending machine systems for recycling. Image from: triplepundit.com

  • Replace standard bulbs with CFLs
  • Use motion detector lights
  • Use timers for lights
  • Recycle CFLs
  • Select opaque lamp shades for more light

4. Appliances

Dry your clothes the more natural way! Image from bestdryingrack.com

Dry your clothes the more natural way! Image from bestdryingrack.com

  • Use microwaves and toaster ovens for small meals
  • Set fridge temp between 30-42 degrees F
  • Repair fridge doors seals
  • Replace any fridge bought before 1990
  • Keep freezer full, uses less energy
  • Set dishwasher on economy mode
  • Grill more often
  • Use copper bottomed pots and pans, more efficient
  • Dust your fridge coils
  • Wash and dry several loads at once
  • Clean dryer lint
  • Hang clothing to dry when possible
  • Avoid over drying your clothes
  • Turn off kitchen and bathroom fans

5. Water Heating

Extend the life of your washer by using cold water. Image from epa.gov

Extend the life of your washer by using cold water. Image from epa.gov

  • Do laundry with cold water
  • Check water pipes and faucets for leaks
  • Turn off water heater when on vacation
  • Shorten showers; use a timer (5 minutes)
  • Insulate first 6 feet of water pipes
  • Wash only full loads
  • Reduce water heater setting

6. Electronics

Save a lot of energy and money by using Energy Star appliances. Image from lowes.com

Save a lot of energy and money by using Energy Star appliances. Image from lowes.com

  • Plug into power strip
  • Keep all electronics on standby or sleep when not in use
  • Consider a laptop instead of desktop
  • Find energy star TVs
  • Unplug battery chargers

You do not need to do everything on these lists but if you pick a few of the easiest things and implement them, watch how much money you save. Maybe you will want to revisit this list and go for it all.

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