Have you ever wondered how much electricity certain items in your home use compared to others? When it comes to saving money on your power bill, it’s important to understand what you’re paying for. And in order to develop good in-home habits, you will need to learn where you can conserve the most.
Here is a typical breakdown on how the average home consumes electricity on a monthly basis.
Electronics – 4%
Electronics that use the most energy when they are turned on are space heaters, toaster ovens, coffee makers, dehumidifiers, hair dryers, televisions, desktop computers, laptops, cable boxes and gaming systems. The best tip on saving is to unplug these devices when not in use.
Lighting – 12%
If you are still using traditional energy-sucking incandescent light bulbs, then now is the time to invest in smarter, energy saving LED bulbs. LED bulbs use 70-90% less energy and last as much as 25 times longer.
Appliances – 13%
Appliances include your refrigerator, washing machine, dryer and dishwasher. The best tips to save money on these devices are as follows: Keep your freezer full and the refrigerator no more than half full. Only use your washing machine and dishwasher when running a full load. And instead of using the dryer, consider air-drying your clothes.
Water Heating – 14%
We all need hot water for showers, washing machines and dish washing. But you can still save money on your hot water heater expenses by doing the following: consider doing your laundry using cold water instead. And chances are, you can lower the temperature on your hot water heater 10 to 20 degrees. Let’s face it, you don’t need to be scorched in the shower.
Heating and Cooling – 46%
It doesn’t take Einstein to figure out that our energy bills are the lowest during those months where we use our air conditioner or heater the least. But during the height of summer and winter, our electric bills can get insane. There are obvious things you should do on a regular basis including having your insulation checked, changing your air filters and being vigilant in controlling your thermostat.
Also consider investing in a programmable thermostat which will help significantly lower your heating and cooling costs.
What About the Rest?
In case you’re doing the math in your head, the numbers above add up to 89%. The final 11% of your electricity usage is made up of miscellaneous items in your home. Chances are, there are devices using electricity in your home that you’ve totally forgotten about. So you may want to do a visual inspection of everything that uses electricity in your home.