What Appliances Use The Most Electricity?
Energy efficiency matters to ecologically conscious individuals, as well as people who just want to save money on their power bill. Today there is a wide range of energy-saving appliances and lights to choose from. Getting a better understanding of the appliances that use the most electricity can help you develop an efficient energy usage plan.
The following is a list of the most common home appliances that use the most electricity and some simple tips for using them wisely.
Forced Air Heating Systems
Forced air heating systems are the most common method for keeping northerly homes warm in the winter. In the far north heating systems might be used from early fall, all the way through to late spring. The fan and other components in a forced-air heating system tend to use a lot of electricity, which can drive your energy bill higher and higher as the mercury dips lower.
How Can I Reduce My Home Heating Costs?
Quality insulation and weatherproofing will certainly go a long way toward reducing your heating costs. At the same time, using the heat strategically or turning down the heat in lesser-used rooms can also help cut heating costs.
Having a smart thermostat installed will also help. They can be programmed to turn the temperature down when you aren’t at home and turned back up shortly before you come home. Most can even be linked to a smartphone app, allowing you to adjust the thermostat remotely.
Cooling And Air Conditioning Systems
Many parts of the country experience uncomfortable heat and humidity in the summer. To help combat this, most modern homes come with some type of air conditioning or cooling system. Older homes may not have central air systems and may need to use in-wall or window air conditioning units, which tend to be less efficient.
How Can I Reduce My Home Cooling Costs?
There are a few commonsense things that will help keep your house cool in the summer. Closing blinds and drapes on the south and west-facing windows will reduce solar heating inside the house. If the humidity is low at night, and the temperature dips down, you can place fans in the windows to blow the cool night air in. Then in the morning close the windows and pull the drapes to trap the cool air in.
A smart thermostat will also allow you to set up the temperature to remain warmer during the day. Then you can set it to begin cooling the house down shortly before you come home in the evening.
If your home doesn’t have a central air conditioning system, you might want to consider having a new one installed. They might be more affordable than you think. Most can be tied into your existing forced-air heating system.
The other method for controlling the temperature within our homes is using the air conditioner to cool things off. For areas that experience more distinct seasons, its use rapidly increases during the warmer months, but it can be activated at any time.
Frequent Use Of The Water Heater
Water is a very effective heat sink. This means it takes a lot of energy to warm it up to a temperature that human beings find comfortable. Warm water is used for a wide range of things including showers, baths, and washing machines. Older tank-style water heaters tend to use much more energy than modern-day tankless heaters.
How Can I Reduce The Energy Cost Of My Water Heater?
The first thing to do is to check your water heater’s temperature setting. Many come preset to 140-degrees. For some, this is even too hot! Dialing it back to 130 or even 120-degrees can help shave your energy costs while providing you with more comfortable hot water.
Installing low-flow showerheads and sink faucet aerators might also help reduce the amount of hot water you use. Keeping showers short for each family member can also reduce the amount of water used. It also minimizes the amount of energy needed to heat the new water being introduced to the tank.
While these measures will help you save a little money, the best option is to invest in a tankless water heating system. Not only are these systems more energy-efficient, but they can also provide you with an endless stream of warm water. If you have a large family, it also means that no one ends up having to take a cold shower!
Many of these units are very affordable, and professional installation can often be handled in a single day. While it does require you to make an upfront investment, you will likely find that a tankless water heating system will pay for itself.
The Washing Machine And Dryer
Everyone needs to do the laundry from time to time. Most modern homes and many apartments come with their own washing machine and dryer. If you have a large family, chances are you find yourself doing laundry more than once a week. The energy cost of running the machines, the hot water, and the energy used to produce the hot air in the dryer can all add up.
How Can I Reduce The Energy Cost Of Doing Laundry?
There are a few simple things you can do to reduce the energy costs of doing laundry. This includes making sure that the size of the load is set correctly on the washing machine. If it’s nice outside, hanging laundry on a wash line to air dry will spare you the cost of running the dryer.
Investing in high efficiency and high capacity washing machine and dryer can also help you cut costs. These units are designed to use less power than their older counterparts. They also tend to use less hot water and cause less wear and tear to clothes.
As an appliance that can be used several times a week within households, the heat and electricity required by laundry machines make them one of the main contributors to energy use within homes.
Interior And Exterior Lighting
Lighting manufacturers have been hard at work finding new ways to build a better lightbulb. Old incandescent bulbs tend to use a lot of electricity. They also have a relatively short life span. At the same time, exterior lights that are left on all night long, or forgotten about, can also run through a lot of unnecessary electricity.
How Can I Reduce The Energy Costs Of My Home Lighting?
The first step is to switch to more energy-efficient bulbs. LED and compact fluorescent bulbs are very popular and affordable. If you have older fixtures in the home, they may need to be replaced or rewired to be more efficient and compatible with newer bulbs.
Exterior lights can be set up on timers or with motion sensors. This will ensure that they don’t remain on any longer than necessary.
Refrigerators And Freezers
Perishable items typically need to be kept cold in a refrigerator or frozen in a freezer. These units tend to have complex compressor systems, which tend to use a lot of electricity.
How Can I Reduce The Electric Cost Of My Refrigerator And Freezer?
Keeping a refrigerator or freezer operating properly requires some routine maintenance. Making sure that internal fans are not blocked by food items ensure that air can circulate efficiently. Defrosting the freezer once or twice a year will also help the system freeze items quickly and efficiently.
The compressor area and other components also need periodic cleaning. This might require using a shop vac, canned air, or professional tools to clear away things like dust and pet hair, which can clog up the compressors internal fan.
You might want to also consider upgrading to a so-called “Smart Fridge” or “Smart Freezer.” These units are designed to be more energy-efficient. Many also come with special features to help you keep them stocked and cleaned.
An Electric Oven And Range
Electric ovens and ranges essentially use large resistors to impede electrical current. This causes the element to heat up and transmit that heat to the pot or pan holding the food. The ambient heat can also spread to the kitchen and other rooms, which can increase cooling costs in the summer.
How Can I Reduce The Electrical Cost Of My Oven Or Range?
During hot times in the summer, you might want to try finding ways to grill outside, or cooking food in a microwave, crockpot, or toaster oven. Older elements also tend to be less energy efficient. Some can even burn out with time. If you do have a damaged or compromised element, you should never attempt to repair or replace it yourself. This truly is a job for a trained professional!
Dishwashers Use Electricity And Hot Water
The dishwasher is a prized modern convenience found in millions of homes across the country. They are designed to use hot water, and special cleaning agents to remove food from dishes and cookware. Then a special internal heating element helps to dry them.
Unfortunately, all this uses electricity. At the same time, it also extracts hot water from your water heater, which further increases the cost to run the dishwasher.
How Can I Reduce The Energy Cost Of My Dishwasher?
The first step in reducing the energy cost of your dishwasher is to handwash more of your dishes. If there is something that is only slightly dirty, a casual wash might be all that needed and will provide you with more room in the dishwasher.
If you have an older unit, you might want to look into upgrading. Many manufacturers offer high-efficiency dishwashers that use less hot water and less power to do the same job as an older model.
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