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5 Free Online Tools That Help Cut Your Cooling Costs

Anxious about high cooling bills this swelteringly hot summer?

Anxious about high cooling bills this swelteringly hot summer?

Here are 5 free online tools that will teach you how to cut your utility bills so you can spend your money on something nice instead.

1) Energy Star Home Advisor

Want your own personal energy efficiency expert?

The Energy Star Home Advisor is like having one at your fingertips. It recommends home improvement projects that will increase energy efficiency and comfort in your home.

2) FPL - Online Home Energy Survey

For those of you who get your electricity from Florida Power & Light (FPL), you should take advantage on their online home energy survey tool.

This survey will give you:

  • A detailed analysis of your home’s energy use
  • A personalized savings plan
  • Energy-saving tips and recommendations.
  • Money-saving programs and incentives based on your unique patterns of energy consumption

3) Duke Energy- Appliance Calculator

Not a part of FPL? Duke Energy provides a neat appliance calculator so you can see how much you’ll spend on appliances depending on how you use them.

Specific to the summer, you should check out how setting your thermostat impacts your energy bill.

For instance, assuming you have a home that’s 1500 sqft, setting your thermostat on 78 instead of 75 will save you $12.06 a month on cooling alone. Considering how much you use your air conditioner in the Sarasota, Florida area throughout the year, that adds up over several months.

4) Programmable Thermostat Tutorial (Video)

According to Energy Star, you can save up to $180 a year by using a programmable thermostat.

But you can only get those savings if you know how to use it right.

Check out this Youtube video by Energy Star that shows you how to use your programmable thermostat to its maximum potential.

5) Air conditioner upgrade savings calculator (Excel file)

If you’re thinking about upgrading to a new air conditioner, use this excel spreadsheet calculator from Energy Star to calculate the savings you’d get from upgrading to an Energy Star rated air conditioner.

If you need someone to help install a new air conditioner in your home, contact Cool Today online.


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