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Appliances

Washer:
Watts        Avg. Hrs.      Avg.kWh      Average
Used/Mo      Used/Mo.     Cost/Mo


Clothes washer (does not include hot water)

665

18

12

$1.51

 - Wash clothes with cold water, if you use hot water you are using electricity to heat to water as well as energy to run the washer.
-Wash full loads of laundry
-Make sure to change water level based on each load to avoid using more water than needed

Dryer
: -

  • aWatts    Avg. Hrs.      Avg.kWh      Average

              Used/Mo      Used/Mo.     Cost/Mo


Clothes dryer

5,500

14.75

81.12

$10.18

-Dry clothes back to back. When you dry your clothes back to back the dryer is still warm from the previous load, so it does not need to use as much energy to heat back up
- Dry full loads of laundry
-Make sure to change settings based on each load to avoid over drying

Water
Heater:
\Watts     Avg. Hrs.      Avg.kWh       Average
Used/Mo      Used/Mo.     Cost/Mo


Water heater, 52 gal.

 

4,500

75

337.5

$42.36

-Insulate hot water pipes
-Insulate water heater
-Cut back using hot water as much as possible
-Turn the temperature of your hot water down

Fire
place:
Watts    Avg. Hrs.      Avg.kWh      Average
Used/Mo      Used/Mo.     Cost/Mo


Fireplace (electric) heater insertslblower

1,500

90

135

$16.94

-A Flue is an easy way to let warm or cool air escape from the home, to avoid this make sure the damper is closed when the fire place is not being used.

Lighting
:
Watts        Avg. Hrs.      Avg.kWh      Average
Used/Mo      Used/Mo.     Cost/Mo


Compact fluorescent bulb

25

30

0.8

$0.10

Energy efficient light bulb (equivalent to 60w incandescent)

16

30

0.48

$0.06

Flood light (exterior)

150

240

36

$4.52

Standard incandescent bulb

100

30

3

$0.38

-Turn lights off when leaving a room
-Change out standard light bulbs for energy efficient CFL’s (Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs)
-One CFL has the life span of 9 standard light bulbs
-If it is sunny outside, try opening the blinds to let more natural light in

Appliances
: (Tv’s/stereo/ radio/computer etc)
Watts       Avg. Hrs.      Avg.kWh      Average
Used/Mo      Used/Mo.     Cost/Mo


Computer monitor (17" CRT)

80

60

4.8

$0.60

Computer monitor (20" LCD)

50

60

3

$0.38

Computer printer

 

180

20

3.6

$0.45

Computer laptop

 

15

60

0.9

$0.11

Computer desktop

 

65

60

3.9

$0.49

Stereo component

 

200

120

24

$3.01

Television, standard

CRT tube 28"

120

180

21.6

$2.71

Television, LCD 32"

 

160

180

28.8

$3.61

Television, plasma 42"

270

180

48.6

$6.10

-Turn off appliances when leaving a room
-Turn off appliances when not in use
- Turn off computer screen when done instead of using a screen saver
-Unplug unused items

Water
:

  • Turn water off in between washing dishes
  • Turn water off when brushing teeth
  • Repair/Replace any faucets that leak, you could potentially be wasting gallons of water
  • Use energy saving aerators- these aerators let a controlled amount of water out, only using a necessary amount of water at a time


Shower
/Bath:
-Filling up the bath tub to take a bath uses more water than if you took a 10 minute shower.
-Take short showers

Refrigerator
:
Watts    Avg. Hrs.      Avg.kWh      Average
Used/Mo      Used/Mo.     Cost/Mo


Refrigerator/freezer - Energy Star

800

117

93.6

$11.75

Refrigerator/freezer - pre 1992

600

215

129

$16.19

-Make sure refrigerator door is shut properly when not being used
- In order to make your refrigerator work more efficiently and last longer, it’s coils should be cleaned  at least 2 times a year.
-Keep fridge at necessary temperature, any less or any more will make the refrigerator work harder using more energy

Dishwasher
:
Watts    Avg. Hrs.      Avg.kWh      Average
Used/Mo      Used/Mo.     Cost/Mo


Dishwasher - air dry

300

13.75

4.1

$0.51

Dishwasher - heat dry

1,200

13.75

16.5

$2.07

-Wash full loads of dishes
-Instead of rinsing dishes (which uses more water), scrape the remaining food instead

Fish
Tank:
-Keep tank lights off during the day
-Use energy efficient filter
-Only keep filter on when needed try not to have it running all day and night

  • Coffee maker:   

 Watts    Avg. Hrs.      Avg.kWh      Average
Used/Mo      Used/Mo.     Cost/Mo


1,500

5

7.5

$0.94

 

-Unplug coffee maker when not in use
Microwave:
Watts     Avg. Hrs.      Avg.kWh      Average
Used/Mo      Used/Mo.     Cost/Mo


800

15

12

$1.51

 

 

-Use microwave to cook small amounts of food- microwave uses less energy than a stove
-Unplug when not in use, if possible
Conventional Oven:
Watts    Avg. Hrs.      Avg.kWh      Average
Used/Mo      Used/Mo.     Cost/Mo


Range top - large burner

2,400

15

36

$4.52

Range top - small burner

1,300

15

19.5

$2.45

-Do not open the door while food is still in the oven, this releases heat and make the oven use more energy getting the temperature back up
-When using the ranges to cook your food, keep lids n pots whenever able, this keeps heat in
-Make sure to use pots/pans that match the size of the burner being used

Hot Tub:
Watts    Avg. Hrs.      Avg.kWh      Average
Used/Mo      Used/Mo.     Cost/Mo


Hot tub/spa pump

 

1,000

183

183

$22.97

Hot tub/spa heater

 

5,000

183

915

$114.83

-Keep cover securely fastened when not in use, this keeps as much heat in as possible
-Make sure lights and air jets are turned off when not in use
-When going away for 5 or more days, turn heat down significantly, if not all the way off

Pool
:
Watts    Avg. Hrs.      Avg.kWh      Average
Used/Mo      Used/Mo.     Cost/Mo


Swimming pool filter pump

1,400

Continuous

1,008

$126.50

Swimming pool heater

5,800

360

2,088

$262.04

-Only run filter for a couple hours a day once or twice, depending on pool use to avoid the running electricity all day and night
-Keep cover over pool when not in use to avoid evaporation and refilling the pool
-Remember to turn off pool lights when not in use

Heating
/Cooling:
Watts     Avg. Hrs.      Avg.kWh      Average
Used/Mo      Used/Mo.     Cost/Mo


Add on heat pump

 

5,000

150

750

$94.13

Air conditioner (window unit)

1,100

90

99

$12.42

Air conditioner (central)

6,000

90

540

$67.77

Baseboard heater - 8 ft.

2,000

150

300

$37.65

Dehumidifier

 

400

360

144

$18.07

Furnace (electric)

 

15,000

150

2,250

$282.38

Pellet stove (wood/corn)

100

Continuous

72

$9.04

Portable space heater

1,500

77.75

116.62

$14.64

  • When turning on heating/cooling unit make sure all windows and doors to the outside are closed to keep heat/cool air in
  • When heat/air conditioner is on close doors to unused rooms
  • Make sure your heating/cooling units get proper maintenance pretty regularly
  • In the summer if there is a comfortable breeze open the windows instead of having the air conditioning on
  • When there are sunny days in the winter keep blinds open to let in some natural heat from the sun in
When there are sunny days in the summer keep blinds closed to avoid natural heat in