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Make a New Year’s Resolution to Save Money

Dec 29, 2023

Implement these water and energy tips in 2024

Orlando, FL – This new year, commit to saving money by implementing these simple water and energy conservation tips. As a bonus, you may be able to significantly reduce your bill, while also making a positive impact on the planet.

Heating and Cooling Efficiency

  • Conduct annual checkups of your cooling and heating system to ensure optimal operation.
  • Regularly vacuum registers and vents to remove dust buildup.
  • Be sure furniture or drapery is not blocking registers.
  • Plant trees or move container plants in front of windows to aid with shading and radiant heat.
  • Monitor your electric and water usage effectively through OUC’s Usage Dashboard.
  • Adjust the direction of ceiling fans with the season to enhance air circulation.

Thermostat Management

  • Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher when cooling and 68 degrees or lower when heating your home.
  • Conserve energy by washing full loads in the dishwasher and clothes washer.
  • Prevent fires and improve efficiency by clearing your dryer vent regularly.
  • Check your water heater temperature, ensuring it's no higher than 120 degrees.

Window Strategies

  • Use shades, drapes, and blinds to control the sun's impact on your home, depending on the season.
  • Consider upgrading to a heat pump rated 15 SEER or higher to save on heating and cooling costs.

Routine Maintenance

  • Change your A/C filter monthly to maintain efficient airflow.
  • Replace old, inefficient incandescent lights with energy-efficient LED bulbs.
  • Save energy by washing clothes in cold water.
  • Hang clothes to dry whenever possible.
  • Unplug electronics when not in use or invest in smart or programmable thermostats.

Water Conservation

  • Turn off water when brushing or shaving and while applying soap and shampoo in the shower.
  • Install flow restrictors on faucets and showerheads.
  • Run your dishwasher and clothes washer only with full loads.
  • When washing dishes by hand, fill the sink with water and turn off the faucet.
  • Cover your pool when not in use to reduce evaporation.
  • Recycle dog dish and aquarium water to irrigate plants.
  • Use garbage disposals sparingly.

By adopting these easy-to-follow tips, you can contribute to a more cost-effective lifestyle, achieving your New Year's resolution to save money while reducing your environmental footprint in 2024. Discover more tips by visiting

About OUC—The Reliable One
In June 2023, OUC—The Reliable One celebrated 100 years of providing exceptional value to its customers and community through the delivery of sustainable and reliable services and solutions. The utility provides electric, water, chilled water, lighting and solar services to more than 400,000 accounts in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. As OUC prepares for the next century, it remains committed to its goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 while supporting its community with conservation, sustainability and energy efficiency resourcesVisit to learn more.