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How Much Electricity Did Your Air Conditioner Consume This Summer?

appliance electricity usageTake the free Home Energy Survey from FPL and get money-saving, personalized tips as well as a detailed analysis on how much your air conditioner and your other home appliances affected your electricity bill.

After a hot summer, many of us are looking forward to the coming cooler seasons of the year. Not only will the temperature start to fall, but so will the amount on your electric bill. With this in mind, now is the perfect time to take a look at your summer energy usage.

I am sure you know that your treasured air conditioner was most likely responsible for a big part of your electricity bill over the summer. The enjoyable caress of cool air comes with a price. But what is this price? And aside from the AC, how much do you pay for the humming of your refrigerator to lull you to sleep at night? And if you knew how much energy your kid’s computer addiction costs, you could deduct it from their allowance.

FPL’s Online Home Energy Survey provides an answer to all these questions and many others. The survey is available at http://www.fpl.com/landing/energysurvey.shtml and takes about 20 minutes. Only an FPL online account is required. After login, you will be asked questions about the categories Cooling & Heating, Water Heating, Laundry, Refrigerators, Pool & Spa, Lighting, and Appliances and Cooking. If you are only interested in analyzing your air conditioner’s impact on your electric bill, you can skip the other categories and complete the survey in about 5 minutes.

After completing the survey and selecting a month (even months prior to taking the survey are available), you will see your electricity bill subdivided into the categories mentioned above (see the example result).

Additionally, FPL gives you a diagram on how the weather affected your electric bills. The amount billed by FPL, and the average outdoor high temperature of each month, are displayed together. This gives you a quick understanding of how the outside temperature affects your electricity usage for cooling.

temperature electric bill diagram

If you are using an outdated air conditioner or one with a low SEER rating (for instance SEER 8), then you should pay special attention to the category “Powerful Programs – Super Savings” of your survey report. Here, FPL tells you how much money you can save by upgrading to an air conditioner with a SEER rating of 14 or 16. And since Kobie Complete is a FPL Participating Independent Contractor&#8480, upgrading to a more efficient air conditioner qualifies you for FPL rebates up to $1,930. Additionally, you might be able to save another $1000 on a new air conditioner installation through manufacturer rebates.

You can also find easy do-it-yourself energy saving tips in the “Top Tips to Save You Money” category in the survey.

With these personalized tips from FPL, combined with a new, energy efficient air conditioner (for instance the Lennox XC21 Air Conditioner with a 21.2 SEER rating) installed by Kobie Complete, the future summer electricity bills won’t make you sweat so much.

Kobie Complete installs air conditioners in and around Sarasota, North Port, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda.

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