NORTH FORT MYERS, FL– While the temperatures are dipping in Southwest Florida, residents are turning on the heat. Here are a few tips from LCEC to help manage electric bills during the cold spell:
- Set the thermostat at 68 degrees; each degree higher costs about five percent more.
- Check the accuracy of your thermostat with an accurate thermometer. An improperly calibrated one can cause you to use more electricity without knowing it.
- Consider dressing warm in the morning until the sun warms your home naturally.
- Close your blinds once the sun sets to keep its heat inside, then open your blinds in the morning to allow the sunshine to reheat your home.
- Electric blankets may also be a cost-effective means of staying warm at night. Please use them safely.
- Take showers during the warmer part of the day.
- Consider using a space heater for warming just the room that you’re in, instead of turning on central heat for the whole house. If you use a space heater, make sure it has built-in safety features such as a tip-over switch, overheat sensor, low surface temperature and protective screen or grill.
- Keep return air filters clean.
- Weather strip or caulk exterior cracks and holes.
- Check your attic insulation to be sure it is R30. It will prevent heat from escaping your home.
For more information, visit www.lcec.net .