If you want to reduce your electricity bills, you need to know what’s consuming the most energy in your residence. This helps you decide where you have the most opportunity to save money by either replacing equipment or changing your habits.
Heating and Cooling System
Heating and cooling your house consume the most electricity. If your home has electric heat, the heating and cooling equipment combined will account for 46% of the electricity used by the residence. It’s less if your home is heated by gas, but it’s still substantial.
If they’re older, you can replace your heater and air conditioner with more efficient models. Another way to save electricity is by setting the temperature lower in the winter and higher in the summer.
If you have a tank water heater, heating water is about 14% of your home’s electrical usage. They lose a lot of energy to standby heat. You can wrap it in insulation to reduce its use of electricity or replace it with a far more efficient tankless water heater.
Appliances use 13% of the electricity in the typical home. This includes washers and dryers for clothing, refrigerators, dishwashers, and ovens. When you need to replace one of these, look for models that are labeled ENERGY STAR. They operate much more efficiently while doing just as good a job.
Lighting makes up 10% of your home’s electrical usage. Replace incandescent bulbs with LEDs, and turn off lights in unused rooms.
TV and Media
Your entertainment devices account for 5% of the electricity used in your home. Put them on power strips so you can shut them all off when they’re not in use.
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