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Energy Action Month: Fighting Energy Monsters

Energy monsters lurk all around your home and can cost you a lot of money. October is Energy Action Month, so let’s explore some ways to fight off energy monsters!

The biggest energy monster in your home is your HVAC unit. In the summer, it’s not surprising that Florida’s residential electricity demand is so high. It’s October, and we are still feeling the heat. Even when your heating and cooling system is running at its most efficient, it can often amount to 40% of your electric bill. Floridians’ home power consumption makes up 6% of all electricity consumed in the USA and the average Florida home spends about $1593 per year. Be sure to do regular maintenance of your system and replace air filters regularly.

A group of kids trick-or-treating. You cannot see their faces just the bottoms of their costumes and their pumpkin baskets for candy.

Making costumes out of old fabrics or trading costumes with other families are a great way to save energy and money.

Costumes are a huge part of Halloween but instead of the usual store splurge, have a grand time making your own and saving some of your green.  Use old or recycled clothing, fabrics and other materials when putting together your costumes.  Reuse bits and pieces from last year’s costume or even better, do a costume swap with friends or family. This will save you trips to the store, and reduces shipping costs and waste creation, which can be a real monster!

Halloween lighting is trouble-free when you choose LEDsLight Emitting Diode (LED) is a small electric component that converts electricity into light and because of this they are extremely flexible.  LED lights are available in different colors, sizes, shapes and light intensity. The biggest benefit of LED lights is the energy and dollar savings to be gained.  LEDs use at least 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 35 to 50 times longer.

An outlet with bat wings with the caption "Energy Vampires can add 10% to electric bills"

Image from energy.gov

The sneakiest monsters are the Energy Vampires. Even when an appliance is turned off, if it is plugged in, it is drawing energy. Phone chargers, hair dryers, and toaster ovens are all examples of energy vampires; when they are left plugged in, they are costing you money. Be sure to check around your home and unplug any energy vampires.

Be sure to check out our #ExtensionEnergySavings posts on our Facebook page for more tips!