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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.
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).
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:
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.
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