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Clothes Washer 
  • Wash full loads or reduce the water level for smaller loads.
  • Hot water heating accounts for about 90 percent of the energy used by the washing machine.
  • Switching to cold water for washing can save the average household more than $40 annually if it uses an electric water heater.
  • If your washing machine was manufactured 10-12 years ago or more, replacing it with a new ENERGY STAR-qualified model could reduce your energy use by 30 percent and water consumption by over 50 percent.
Clothes Dryer
  • Use the dryer's moisture sensor, if available, to automatically turn off the machine when clothes are dry. Shaving off an extra 15 minutes per load can save you up to $34 every year.
  • Clean the lint trap before every load to increase air circulation and save up to $34 in a year.
  • Dry full loads or reduce the drying time for partial loads.
  • Consider line drying your clothes to avoid using energy altogether. Even occasional line drying could make a big impact.

 Dryer Vent

  • Seal small gaps around the vent to the outside with caulk.
  • Annually inspect your dryer vent to make sure it is not blocked.
  • Flexible dryer vent brushes are available which allow you to clean out the vent.
  • A clean vent saves energy and reduces a fire hazard.
  • Manufacturers recommend using rigid venting material, not plastic vents that may collapse and cause blockages.
  • Never exhaust the dryer into the attic.
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 Water Heater

​Reduce your water heater temperature to 120 degrees and save up to $400.
  • Wrap older water heaters with an insulating blanket and save more than $30 per year by preventing heat loss.
  • Insulate hot water pipes to generate additional savings.
  • Turn down gas water heaters when you're on vacation. Turn off electric water heaters when you're on vacation.
  • If you purchase a new water heater, look for an ENERGY STAR-qualified model.
    • ENERGY STAR- qualified heat pump water heaters are the most efficient electric water heaters.
    • When located in unconditioned space, a heat pump water heater uses heat from surrounding air to help heat water.
  • An ENERGY STAR-qualified gas tankless water heater can cut water heating expenses by 30 percent and provides hot water on demand.
    • By heating water only when needed, instead of maintaining a tank full of hot water at all times, gas tankless water heaters can achieve greater efficiency than standard tank-type water heaters.
    • Electric tankless water heaters are not recommended.
  • An ENERGY STAR-qualified solar water heating system can cut your annual hot water costs.
    • According to the Florida Solar Energy Center, a solar water heater can save between 50 percent and 85 percent of the hot water portion of the monthly utility bill, or $200 to $300 per year for a family of four.
    • Larger families with greater hot water needs can save even more.
    • Take advantage of Federal tax credits when you purchase a solar water heater to help recover the initial cost more quickly.

Check Florida Power & Light Company for rebates on solar water heaters. See the Florida Solar Energy Center for more information on solar water heaters.

This program receives funding from the US Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. 

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