Do you know which of your household appliances cost the most to run? Major appliances contribute to high electric load usage and utility bills each month. Learning new ways to conserve energy will help you save money while also reducing the need for costly repairs. To get a better idea of which appliances use the most power, here are a few things you need to know.
List Of kWh Per Household Appliance
Research by the U.S. Department of Energy found that heating, cooling, and hot water heaters are the largest energy users in a residential home. By extension, appliances that rely on hot water, such as your dishwasher, also cost you more. Next is the washer, dryer, and fridge.
- HVAC System: 15,000 kWh During Peak Seasons
Install a smart or a programmable thermostat and reduce usage when not at home. Then, set the thermometer at least five degrees below normal to save a fifth of your energy usage annually. You should also clean HVAC vents and replace filters seasonally
- Water Heater: More Than 2400 kWh For A Couple
Hot water is a necessity for showers, washing white clothes, and cleaning hard-to-clean tableware in the dishwasher. To cut down on costs, use an energy efficient water heater, take shorter showers, and only use the hot water in the dishwasher when necessary.
- Dryer: 1000 kWh
Dryers use about 1000 kWh per month and often more for larger families. They also have to run for hours on end to dry a load of laundry, so it absorbs more of the electric capacity. To reduce usage, clean the filters and remove the lint accumulating in the vents.
- Fridge: 600 kWh
Refrigerators are enormous contributors to your energy bill because they must run continuously to keep the interior at a set temperature. If you have an energy efficient model, it will reduce your running time. If not, ensure your food is not blocking the regular air flow so that it does not disrupt the normal circulation to each of the levels.
- Washing Machine: Minimal of 200 kWh
Each month that you power on your washing machine, it uses about 200-kilowatt hours for a small family. To reduce energy usage, do not wash with hot water and do not fill up the washing machine tub if it is not necessary as it will save energy and water usage.
When upgrading your appliances, always consider the value of energy efficient appliances as well as the differences between models. The older your machines, the more energy they will use.
Is There A Tax Break For Energy Efficient Appliances?
Do you know if you qualify for incentives like the Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit? As additional electric usage costs you more in utility taxes, it is a great idea to choose appliances with an Energy Star rating. Through 2019, homeowners who upgrade to machines that are energy efficient quality via tax form 5695. This credit will offset your heating and cooling costs.
Call 781-953-9600 or visit us on Facebook for appliance maintenance checks to ensure they are working correctly. It will extend the shelf life of your appliances and reduce the need for repairs.