Save Money & Enjoy Your Home More

Goodwin Hosts the USGBC Heart of Florida Board of Directors

Plan to Help Homeowners Live More Sustainably

Here’s the US Green Building Council Heart of Florida Board of Directors meeting at Goodwin Heart Pine to plan how to better serve our homeowners. Some of us are also energy auditors for the local Community Weatherization Coalition. We decided to go to the Women’s Club and Rotary to share tips for saving money on your energy bill. Here are a few places to start. Every home is different, so you may want to browse www.energysavers.gov/your_home to get many more ideas.
· Sealing a home’s exterior can save 10-25% of heating costs. You’ll want to focus on the common places for leaks and various types of caulks, weather-stripping and foam gaskets for exterior wall electrical outlets and light switch plates.
· A shaded outdoor Central AC condenser unit can save up to 10% on cooling, but make sure airflow is not restricted. Clean out leaf debris taking care of the coils and keep the large line well insulated.
· Each degree adjustment on your thermostat can save up to 4% on your energy bill. Preferred settings are 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the Summer time and 68 in Winter. Ceiling fans on when you are in a room will make the temperature feel more comfortable.
· Refrigerators use more energy than any other appliance. Clean the coils at least two times a year under the unit to save energy and keep the unit working well longterm. A long brush from the home supply store makes this easy.
· Adjust the hot water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or Medium and drain the unit once a year to avoid sediment buildup.
We are planning newsletters quarterly so we can share more of the details on these and other home operation tips. Best regards for saving and enjoying your home even more.