What Floridians Should Know About An "Electricity Saving" Plug-In Claiming To Lower Electric Bills

L. Cane

In early 2023, some of Florida's electric companies applied to raise their rates. Some of those requests were granted, and some companies did raise rates later in the spring of 2023.

On top of that, 2023 was a hot year, with July of 2023 being the hottest on record for some Florida TV stations. These balmy temperatures could mean that Floridians would need to run their air conditioning more, resulting in higher electricity bills.

According to Solar Reviews, the average Floridian's electricity bill in April of 2023 was $165 per month.

The Pitch: One can certainly understand why some Floridians are willing to try different methods to save money on electricity. But those same Floridians should be aware of a pitch that is happening on social media.

The pitch is for an "electricity saving" plug-in allegedly invented by Elon Musk that supposedly works in your outlets to save you money on your electric bill.

Sarah Petit told ABC Action News in September of 2023 that she saw an ad for the device on social media and was curiou.

Petit explained to the station:

"I have a very large, very old home, and it's a constant battle to keep up with the energy bills. I see this ad for a device that's supposed to cut your energy bill 90%. And that's a significant cut!"

If It's Too Good To Be True: Unfortunately, Reuters Fact Check says there is "no evidence" that Musk ever endorsed any energy-saving device.

Additionally, Fox News told Reuters Fact Check that any image of Fox host Sean Hannity to promote the plug-in device is doctored and not authentic.

Aaron Ismail with the Central Alabama Electric Cooperative told ABC Action News that if such a device existed, it would be welcomed, but he explained:

"If there was indeed a device that you could just plug in and reduce your power bill, we would be all over it."

Tips To Save Money on Florida Electricity Bills: Some Floridians may not want to hear this, but one expert says that lowering your electric bill might start with your thermostat.

Florida Power and Light spokeswoman Bianca Soriano told WPTV in June of 2023:

"For energy efficiency and a lower bill, you want to keep your thermostat anywhere between 74 and 78. Every degree you raise it, you can save 5-10% on your bill."

Other advice includes keeping your water heater at 120 degrees, washing clothes in cold water, turning off appliances and lights not in use, and taking advantage of energy audits that your electric company may offer.

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