How Much Power Do You Need To Run An Average Home?
Think back to how your home operated when you were a kid. Now think about how it operates today. Where it was once possible to have just a few appliances throughout the home has now turned into a smorgasbord of appliances that operate around the clock in every room. That means much more power is required to run the average home.
As we upgrade and add more things to our busy lives, advancements in modern technology have kept up with the pace. Today’s electronics are better insulated and offer more energy savings than ever before. Still, doubling, even tripling the amount of resources needing electricity has increased demand capacity of your home.
Is your home up for the job?
How much power it takes to operate your home daily depends on a variety of things, including:
- How big your home is
- The number of people living there
- The number of appliances you own
- How and when the appliances are used
- Whether you have energy-hungry appliances such as pools, spas, or air conditioners
- The climate you live in
It’s relatively easy to determine how much electricity your appliances use if you know their wattage. It’s usually printed on the appliance itself or on its packaging. This will tell you how much electricity the appliance will use for each hour it runs. For example,
- 100 watt light bulb will use 1 kW in 10 hours
- Microwave set on high for 15 minutes will use 0.36 kW
- Desktop computer will use 60-250 kW
- Washing machine on hot/cold setting will use 4.5 kW per load
- Washing machine on cold setting only will use 0.3 kW per load
- 200 watt television used for 6 hours will use 1.2 kW
While it might not seem like a lot at first glance, you only have to look at your energy bill to see how quickly it adds up. It only takes a power outage to tell you how much we’ve come to rely on electricity as a society.
There are plenty of ways to be more responsible with your power usage and to conserve energy wherever possible.
- Wash clothes in cold water only
- Make use of more natural light
- Watch less television
- Be sure your computer powers down when not in use
- Take shorter showers
- Minimize air conditioner use
- Add more insulation to your home
- Air dry your clothes instead of using a dryer
- Use dishwashers and clothes washers only when full
Have more power saving tips you use in your home and we haven’t mentioned them here? We’d love to hear how you save money every day at home. And if we can offer help in making your home more energy efficient, just call.