What Appliances Are Energy-Hogs and How To Use Them Wisely
It costs a lot of money to keep a home operating efficiently. Which is why as homeowners, we consistently look for ways to save.
Atlanta households paid an average of 10.9 cents per kWh of electricity in November 2017, and an average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.585 per therm. While we pay slightly lower amounts for our electricity, we pay as much as 52 percent more per therm for the cost of natural gas than the national average. Depending on how your home is heated and what your lifestyle is like, that can add up to a lot of money on your utility bills each month.
And while we tend to take the attitude of “get the bill and pay it,” if you stop for a moment and consider the biggest energy users in your home, you’ll start to have an indication of ways to save.
Here are the top ten most common household appliance listed according to how much energy on average they consume:
- Central air conditioner 1450 kWh per month
- Water heater 310 kWh per month
- Refrigerator 205 kWh per month
- Dryer 75 kWh per month
- Oven 58 kWh per month
- Lighting 50 kWh per month
- Dishwasher 30 kWh per month
- Television 27 kWh per month
- Microwave 16 kWh per month
- Washing machine kWh per month
Does this list help you look differently at the appliances in your home?
Does it help you change your lifestyle?
While we’re not suggesting you turn off your central air conditioner on a one-hundred degree day, it does help to point to the appliances you should be most concerned with when it’s time to upgrade for efficiency.
If you have the opportunity to replace one appliance in your home this year, it makes more sense to look at a new water heater than it does to replace your washing machine. More energy; more savings.
Keep in mind that it’s not always about upgrading your appliances. You can do little things around the home that can have big impact.
- Adjust the temperature of your home
- Find leaks and seal them
- Use less hot water
- Keep the air moving with ceiling fans
- Unplug appliances that aren’t in use
There are plenty of ways to improve the efficiency of your home. Start with an energy audit; we can make suggestions that will have big impact.