Florida is a popular place for Snowbirds. Snowbirds are people that live here in southern Florida seasonally and come from the colder northern climates to escape the harsh winters. Southwest Florida, in particular Lee County, is a popular destination for snowbirds. The climate is fantastic during our winter months, as well as the cost of living in Lee County is low. There are plenty of activities to enjoy in the surrounding area, including beaches, restaurants and venues for entertainment.
Snowbirds usually start arriving in Lee County in numbers in late October and early November, with an additional large influx in January. They usually stay until the end of May or so, and then do the same thing the following year.
Florida has a great climate for those that hate the cold, but it’s hard to escape the cooler weather entirely. In assistance to our clients, Malt Realty and Development has reviewed Florida Power and Light’s tips to help you and your residents save money during the winter season. To save money and energy and keep your home at its most efficient through the winter, follow these tips:
- Replace your air filters. You should check air filters every month and replace as needed (usually once every three months), but pay special attention to the furnace filters during the heating season. Clogged filters will reduce the airflow and keep your home from warming up efficiently.
- Turn off your ceiling fan(s) when you leave the room. A fan that runs all the time costs up to $7 a month.
- Check your vents. Just as clogged air filters can keep warm air from circulating, clogged vents can prevent your rooms from getting air. Check the vents for dust buildup and other obstructions, including furniture or decorations.
- Reduce your water heater temperature from 140 degrees to 120 degrees, which is the recommended temperature setting according to the U.S. Department of Energy, to save about $2 a month.
- Check the exterior of your house. Holes in the foundation or siding, and cracks in insulation around pipes, all point to potential air leaks, which could lead to an unpleasantly drafty (and energy-leaking) home.
- Replace old, high-flow shower heads with water-efficient shower heads and save up to $80* a year.
- Inspect your roof. If there are shingles missing or damaged, it may be time to inspect inside your attic.
- Check the joints of windows and doors, where repeated motion may have damaged the seal. If you can feel a draft, it indicates that repair is needed. Also, you can use a stick of incense and hold it near the door or window, observing the behavior of the smoke to detect air leaks.
* Annual savings calculated based on two people in the home using water-efficient shower heads.
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