Did you know that your microwave oven uses more energy than your water pump? A lot of homeowners don’t realize that some of the everyday household items that you use can actually rack up your energy bills. Here are some stealthy energy-hogging appliances in your home:
To put things into perspective, a refrigerator – one of the most energy-consuming appliances – uses an average of 110 kilowatt-hours (kwh) of energy each month.
Clothes iron: Ironing your clothes may not seem like it takes much energy, but most household clothes irons use about 120 kwh every month.
Coffee maker: If you’re like most of us, you need your daily coffee fix. However, the average coffee maker uses around 90 kwh each month.
Hair dryer: It probably doesn’t take long to dry your hair, but the energy that a hair dryer uses adds up to about 120 kwh monthly.
Toaster oven: You may only use your toaster oven in small increments, but you’re probably consuming more energy than you think. The average toaster oven uses about 100 kwh every month.
Vacuum cleaner: Vacuum cleaners come in many different styles and the amount of amps of power that they use varies. However, using average vacuum adds up to about 100 kwh monthly.
Dehumidifier: Many people keep their dehumidifiers running constantly in order to keep the air moist, but may not know that the average dehumidifier uses about 160 kwh each month.
Dishwasher: Do you use a dishwasher to wash your dishes instead of washing them by hand? You’re using about 150 kwh of energy every month.
Incandescent light bulbs: Many people rarely pay attention to how much they use their light bulbs each month, but five 60-watt bulbs running about five hours a day will use around 50 kwh monthly.
How to Reduce the Energy You Use
So now that you know the average amount of energy you use on a monthly basis, how can you reduce it? First of all, you can look into ENERGY STAR-approved appliances. They’re designed to use less energy and help you save on energy costs. You can also replace your incandescent light bulbs with more efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. Try hand-washing your dishes instead of using your dishwasher and letting your hair air-dry instead of using your hair dryer. Many little steps can lead to a more energy-efficient lifestyle.
Making sure that your electrical wiring is working properly can also help. Call our electrical services experts if you need assistance.