Since the weather is cooler in south Florida now and thoughts of turning on the heat
occur, save energy at home by opening all the blinds and curtains. Doing so
allows a great deal more sunlight to filter through your windows. The greenhouse
effect can work to your advantage for a change. If your windows are double-paned
for insulation purposes, they will not only hold the heat better, but they will
also allow the light’s energy to be magnified to create a warmer interior for
Other money (and energy) saving tips include:
Caulk any space around windows and other places where air leaks to prevent
cold drafts and heat escapes.
If your home has a fireplace, be sure the damper fits tightly and close it
when the fireplace is not in use. Add a glass fireplace screen.
Use microwave ovens whenever possible. They use less than half the power of a
Whenever possible, wash full loads in the dishwasher and clothes washing
machine, rather than partial loads.
Take short showers instead of tub baths and install a flow restrictor or
energy-saving shower head.
Look for Energy Guide labels on most major home appliances. The more efficient
models save you money in the long run.