FPL’s Summer Savings Tips: Keep Tech Usage High and Energy Bill Low | Home & Garden
FPL shares electronic devices guide to help customers save energy, money
Summer is here and so are soaring Florida temperatures forcing some customers to spend more time relaxing indoors. Florida Power & Light Company reminds customers that weather is the No. 1 cause of higher electric bills because air conditioners run more often and longer to cool homes.
More customers are staying indoors with the latest home electronics, but each blinking light contributes to increased energy usage. FPL reminds customers that they already have the lowest bills in Florida and, by making a few small changes in the way they use electronics, customers can lower their bills even more.
“Electronics have come a long way in terms of being more energy efficient; however, it’s important to know what type of accessories to buy to reduce energy,” said FPL energy efficiency blogger Danielle Mousseau. “Most importantly, customers should look for products with the Energy Star label to save the most, and remember to plug devices into a power strip, so they can turn multiple items off at once, making it easy to maximize their savings.”
FPL offers customers a few simple ways to reduce energy costs in the summer months without compromising comfort during the high temperatures.
Smart Power Strips
- Use smart power strips to control the devices to power off
- Smart power strips can detect if a computer is in sleep mode and can turn off attached devices such as monitors, printers, and speakers. Also, when a home entertainment system is plugged into a smart power strip, it automatically cuts power to the devices chosen when the power strip senses the TV has been turned off.
Flat screen TVs
- The older cathode-ray tube TVs with screens sizes less than 32 inches typically use less than 100 watts (W) - about the same as a light bulb. See how today’s flat screen TVs compare:
- LCD TVs wattage varies by model size: 32-40 inch models average 141 W, 41-50 inches use 185 W, and the average LCD model larger than 50 inches draws over 200 W
- LED models use slightly less power than LCD screens of the same size
- Plasma models without an Energy Star label were historically the highest energy consumers among the flat screen TVs averaging 298 W for 41-50 inch models, and 364 W for the 51-60 inch models
- Newer plasma TVs offer energy efficiency levels close to those of the other screen types
Energy Star-qualified TVs
Choosing a flat screen TV with an Energy Star label can save 30-70 percent in energy costs compared to non-Energy Star labeled models
- In 2008, the Energy Star 3.0 label limited a 50 inch TV to 238 W
- In 2010, Energy Star 4.1 limited 50 inch TVs to 153 W
- Beginning in September 2011, the maximum power of any TV 42 inches or larger will be 108 W - regardless of screen type - to qualify for the Energy Star 5.1 label
- If a TV has the Energy Star 5.1 label, customers can watch a big screen TV for five hours a day for less than $20 a year
Other home electronics - Video game consoles
- The most advanced gaming consoles purchased in 2007 used 118-150 W. That could add up to over $130 a year if the system were left on all the time. In 2010, the newer models of the same brand used less than 90
- The WiiTM is the most energy efficient gaming console of the major brands at about 15 Watts. That’s only about $1 per year if used 2 hours a day
DVD player or VCR
- DVD players and VCRs use about $7 a year when left on, as compared to about $1 a year when left plugged in but turned off
Surround sound audio system
- Surround sound audio systems can use more than $30 in electricity if never turned off; a subwoofer will add another $9 per year if left on
Desktop home computer and printer
- A desktop computer left on all the time will use about $65 a year in electricity. By enabling the automatic sleep mode, customers can reduce that to just $18.50 a year
- Older computer monitors consume approximately $57 of electricity per year if left on, compared to a modern LCD monitor, which uses about $24 a year
- A multi-function ink jet printer costs about $8 a year to leave on all the time, while a laser printer can use up to $115 a year if left on
At www.FPL.com/toolkit, customers can view tools and information to help them understand, control and manage bills including top 10 energy-saving tips, an interactive house with energy-saving tips room by room and information on savings when purchasing a new air conditioner system. Additionally, customers can get a personalized energy savings plan by completing an Online Home Energy Survey at www.FPL.com/ohes
Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest electric utility in Florida and one of the largest rate-regulated utilities in the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.6 million customer accounts and is a leading Florida employer with approximately 10,000 employees. The company consistently outperforms national averages for service reliability while its typical residential customer bills, based on data available in December 2011, are about 25 percent below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit www.FPL.com.