Save Energy and Water

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Did you know you can reduce the amount of energy required to power that TV, Xbox, computer and other household appliance or reduce the amount of water used by washers and toilets or save money in the process? That’s right, being more energy and water efficient and implementing some saving tips could reduce the amount of money you spend on your utility bill. We’re talking savings with the flip of a switch.

During the past 30 years, home appliances have steadily become more energy and water efficient. A microwave oven uses 90 percent less energy to cook a meal than a conventional oven, and LED light bulbs can offer light similar to incandescent bulbs but use 75 percent less electricity to do so. By replacing old, inefficient toilets with water efficient models, the average family can reduce water used for toilets by 20 to 60 percent—that’s nearly 13,000 gallons of water savings for your home every year! So when you decide to purchase new appliances, make sure they’re high efficiency. The higher up-front price will save you money in the long run.

We’ve compiled energy-saving tips, many of which are simple, low-, or no-cost to help you get started.

Through a partnership with Florida Municipal Power Association, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority offers rebates on many energy-efficient products and improvements for your home. When you purchase and install these products, you can save energy and money while reducing your impact on the environment.

Electric Rebates

    • Solar Hot Water Heater: $450.00
    • New or Added Insulation: Up to $300.00*
    • Energy Star Refrigerator: $50.00
    • Energy Star Room Air Conditioning: $150.00
    • High Efficiency Central A/C: $500.00**

Note: Please check on availability of rebates before submitting application. Submittal does not guarantee payment.

*Added insulation $0.125 per square foot to achieve R-30, minimum addition of R-19, maximum $275.00; New insulation $0.40 per square foot to achieve R-30, maximum $300.00

**Limit (2) rebates per customer; unit must have 15 or greater Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER).

Natural Gas

Replace Natural Gas Appliance (Gas to Gas)

  • Tank Water Heater: $350.00
  • Tankless Water Heater: $550.00
  • Clothes Dryer: $100.00
  • Range: $100.00
  • Furnace: $500.00
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Switch (Electric to Gas)

  • Tank Water Heater: $500.00
  • Tankless Water Heater: $675.00
  • Clothes Dryer: $200.00
  • Range: $150.00
  • Furnace: $725.00

Note: “Replace” means Natural Gas is already used for that appliance and you are replacing it with a Natural Gas appliance. “Switch To” means you have an Electric appliance, or no appliance, and you change out to a Natural Gas appliance. Proof of installation and/or permits or required.

There are a number of easy ways to save energy and water use in your home, and they all start with you. Below are time-tested tips and energy-saving choices for reducing your home energy consumption:

Energy

  • Switch your ceiling fan to turn in a counter-clockwise direction in the summer; in the winter, run it at low speed, but clockwise.
  • Close your exterior doors and windows tightly when the AC is on. Save even more by turning off kitchen and bath exhaust fans.
  • Change or clean your AC’s air filters at least once a month to keep your system running at peak performance.
  • Replace standard bulbs with LED’s. LED light bulbs are more energy-efficient than regular bulbs, while giving off the same amount of light.
  • Use the right bulb. Make sure you’re using the appropriate LED bulb for your light fixture – they come in various sizes and types for different lighting needs.
  • Use microwaves and toaster ovens to cook or warm leftovers. You’ll use less energy than cooking with a conventional oven.
  • Always wash with cold water, laundry detergent works just as well, and you’ll save 40 cents per load.
  • Check your hot water pipes for leaks, which can drain your energy savings.
  • Install aerating, low-flow faucets and showerheads – available at home improvement stores – to reduce your hot water use.
  • Turn off your water heater if you plan on leaving home for a few days, until you get back. Most models will reheat the water to the set temperature in about an hour.
  • Plug electronics into a power strip, then turn the strip off when not in use to save in energy costs.
  • Avoid energy vampires. Even when they’re turned off, home electronics in “standby” mode use energy to power features like clock displays.
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Water

  • When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  • Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Now, Energy Star dishwashers save even more water and energy.
  • If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
  • Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
  • Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Instead, compost vegetable food waste and save gallons every time.
  • Don’t use running water to thaw food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the refrigerator.
  • When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
  • Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.
  • If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a WaterSense® labeled model.
  • Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
  • Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You’ll save up to 1,000 gallons per month.
  • Toilet leaks can be silent! Be sure to test your toilet for leaks at least once a year. Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Fixing the leak can save gallons of water per month!.

FPUA and the City of Fort Pierce have partnered together to form the Weatherization Education Outreach Program (WEOP). WEOP provides weatherization and education information to income-qualified residential customers. Weatherizing your home can help reduce energy costs, increase your home’s comfort, improve safety and health, and conserve utility use.

Visit the Weatherization Program page to learn more about WEOP and access the application.

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Whether you rent or own, a home energy audit empowers you to save money, live better, and help the earth by reducing energy use in your home. The online Home Energy Saver online audit can recommend upgrades that are appropriate for your home and make sends for the home’s climate and local energy prices. 

Depending on the type of improvements made, your home can achieve better comfort, fewer drafts, lower maintenance costs, and improve security and fire safety – all of which improve life and can increase your home’s value. 

Use the link provided below to complete your online energy audit, review case studies, join energy blogs, and watch informative videos. 

Online Home Energy Audit