Simple changes and tools, like the online Energy Checkup, can help customers save
During this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, Gulf Power understands that many customers are either working or staying at home more, and there may be more people staying in their households, with students and other loved ones also staying at home. More time and extra people in the home will likely increase power usage, which could lead to higher monthly bills.
To provide relief for customers during this time, Gulf Power company recently announced plans to fast-track a one-time decrease of nearly 40% in May for the typical residential customer bill as a result of lower fuel costs, subject to Florida Public Service Commission approval.
The company is also sharing energy-saving tips to help manage energy usage that can be easily implemented without the need for costs or additional equipment. Gulf Power also offers online tools like the free Energy Checkup that will provide a personalized report based on their home’s actual energy use.
- Having more people home during a hot day will tempt you to lower your AC to stay cool. Try to keep your thermostat set at 78, or as comfortable as possible for your situation. Each degree you raise the thermostat can help you save up to 5% on your monthly cooling costs.
- Adopt an open-door policy and try to keep bedroom and other doors open if possible – closed doors can block the airflow of your AC, making it work harder.
- Try to keep lights off in unoccupied rooms. Leaving a lamp, fan or television turned on all the time can increase your electric bill.
- Use fans wisely: Your ceiling fan keeps you cool but doesn’t cool your room. When you leave a room, turn off the fan to save from $3 to $7 a month compared to leaving them on all of the time.
- Turn off ceiling, bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans when you leave the room or after use to save.
- Remember to close shades, blinds and drapes to keep the sun’s heat out, which keeps your home cooler.
- Your TV, game systems, routers and cable boxes are probably getting a lot of use right now. Keep in mind, increased use of TVs and systems can raise your bill (approx. $8-$15 per month), so make sure that they are turned off or unplugged when not in use.
- Use the smallest appliance you need to cook – like a slow cooker, microwave or toaster oven. Heating a stove or oven takes quite a bit of energy, plus it heats up the kitchen, so your AC must work even longer to keep your house comfortable. A toaster or convection oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a full-sized oven.
- Meal prepping for the week? Bake several dishes at a time, using the smallest appliance you need to get the job done. When dinner’s over, make sure to run a full dishwasher. You will save water and electricity.
- More meal prep means more food is being stored in your refrigerator and freezer. Clean your appliance’s condenser coils so it runs more efficiently. Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight. Test them by closing the door over a piece of paper or a dollar bill so it is half in and half out of the refrigerator. If you can pull the paper or bill out easily, the latch may need adjustment.
- Fire up the grill! Using an outdoor grill instead of the oven can help keep your kitchen cool and lower your electric bill.
- Clean the lint filter in your dryer before every load, not just once it fills up, to minimize drying time.
- Use the free Energy Checkup (online at GulfPower.com/checkup), that will provide a personalized energy usage report.
Try out the Appliance Calculator to understand how much energy your appliances and other household items use so that you can save on energy costs. For more ways to save, visit Savings Tips and Tools or Lower My Bill.
Supporting Our Customers
Customers are encouraged to pay their electric bill balance each month to avoid building up a large balance, which they will continue to bear responsibility for. However, if customers are having difficulty paying their monthly bill, view available resources online at GulfPower.com/help or contact us directly at (800) 225-5797. Gulf Power will work with the customer’s personal situation and come up with a solution to ensure that they can fulfill their personal responsibility for their Gulf Power balance.
The Gulf Power Foundation has provided $500,000 to United Way organizations across Northwest Florida. The funds will be used to address increased demand for services as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, Gulf Power provided $250,000 to help launch the Northwest Florida Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program, in partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of West Florida. The grants will assist small businesses across our communities impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
For the latest Gulf Power COVID-19 information, visit GulfPower.com.