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How Much Electricity Do My Appliances Use?

Written By: Warm Thoughts Communications on December 22, 2020

home energy savingTo some people, an electric bill is a bit of a mystery—one that occasionally has an unwelcomed surprise ending. How does your bill get to be what it is? For the most part, it’s about choice. Specifically, it’s about the choices you make when you buy—and use—your appliances.

That’s because electricity is generally charged by the kilowatt-hour (kWh), which means that any time you turn on an appliance—or often when you simply plug it in (see the section on vampire power below)—the meter is running.

Common Appliance Energy Use

Since some devices consume more electricity than others, it’s a good idea to learn how much energy is used to run common appliances in your home. Check out this list, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy:

Appliance Kwh Estimated Annual Cost
 TV (40″ or larger)  234  $41.00
 Refrigerator  225  $78.84
 Washing Machine  255  $9.55
 Dryer  2790  $104.46
 Air Conditioner  3500  $460.00

As you can see, the numbers can add up quickly. The question is, what can you do to keep them as low as possible? Here are some insights about a few of the more common appliances that are likely contributing to your electric bill—and what you can do to keep down the cost of using them.

Washing Machines And Dryers Energy Tips

Did you know that the average American family washes about eight loads of laundry a week? That’s about six hours each of washing and drying, if you’re keeping score at home. With even the most efficient models of each installed, you could be paying more than $100 a year in electricity just to keep your clothes clean.

To reduce energy use when washing and drying laundry, try the following steps:

Television Energy Tips

The average American watches about four hours of TV per day—that’s about two months of viewing per year! That kind of viewing will set you back about 341 kWh a year for a TV 40” or larger—about $41. Of course, that’s for one TV…the numbers multiply as you add sets to the equation.

How do you reduce energy use from your TV?

Refrigerator Energy Tips

The average refrigerator uses an estimated 657 kWh of electricity a year, typically costing you $80 or more per year to run. By maximizing your refrigerator’s efficiency, you can take a bite out of your energy bill.

Here’s how.

Central Air Conditioning Energy Tips

The average three-ton air conditioner operates at around 3.5 kWh while in use; if you run it for nine hours a day during the summer, it would cost you nearly $500 per year.

To reduce your air conditioning bills, try the following tips:

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