Gulf Power rep reveals money saving tips

Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 05:40 PM.
  1. Set thermostat at 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter. You can expect a 9 percent increase in energy use for every degree you set your thermostat lower in the summer and higher in the winter. Also consider enrolling in Energy Select.
  2. Set your water heater to 120 degrees to save energy. Check your heater system to make sure the filter is clean. Do you know that keeping an extra refrigerator in the garage can cost you an extra $150 per year?
  3. Air getting into your house can make your heating and cooling system run longer to keep you warm. Check around windows and doors to make sure you have good seals, make sure you have enough attic insulation and inspect your ductwork for leaks.
  4. Today’s homes use much more energy then just five years ago. Phone chargers, computers, game consoles, DVRs and flatscreen televisions, often in many rooms, add dramatically to your energy usage. Remind your family to turn off the television and other electronics when not in use.

“There are also rebates to help you save money on updating your home to be more energy efficient,” said Andrews. “There’s our free Energy Check-up and rebates for Check Me Plus! heating and cooling, water heating, windows, ceiling insulation, roofing, pool pumps, Energy Select, appliances and appliance recycling.”

A few examples of the rebates provided are $75 on an energy efficient clothes washer; $75 on an energy efficient window air conditioning unit; $50 on an energy efficient refrigerator; and $25 on an energy efficient freezer.

“We also have a recycling program that will provide you with $35 for old appliances,” she said. “That’s us paying you to pick up and haul off your old appliances. Also if you convert to gas heating that’s free, we just give you a voucher to go to Lowe’s and pick it up.”

For more information call Andrews at 850-415-4211 or visit their website at

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