Power Hungry: The Power Consumption of Household Appliances

Are you concerned about how much you pay for electricity from month to month? There are many factors that go into determining your household electricity bill, but the one factor you have the most control over is how much electricity you use. One way you can control your use of electricity is by staying mindful of the power consumption of household appliances. You see, certain appliances use more electricity than others. If you know which appliances consume the most energy, then you can adjust your usage of those appliances and save money.

Appliances Love Energy

You are charged for electricity in cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), which is just a basic unit of electric energy. Here’s a list of some basic household appliances and how much they cost to run per hour based on their typical power consumption.

Appliance Power Consumption per Hour Cost Per Hour (10 cents per kWh)
Central air/heating 15,000 watts $1.50
Clothes dryer 4,000 watts 40 cents
Water heater 4,000 watts 40 cents
Water pump 3,000 watts 30 cents
Electric range 2,500 watts 25 cents
Dishwasher 1,800 watts 18 cents
Microwave 1,500 watts 15 cents
Washing machine 1,300 watts 13 cents
Refrigerator 1,000 watts 10 cents

Reduce Your Energy

Use Now that you’ve got a basic idea of how the power consumption of household appliances impacts your energy bill, you can take steps to adjust your usage. Try some of these tips to reduce how much power the biggest energy hogs in your home gobble up:

  • Central air/heating: Household climate control is great, but expensive. Assuming you run your heat 10 to 15 hours per day in the winter, and run your air conditioner for the same amount of time in the summer, you’re looking at up to $22 per day.

    To save money:
    Install a programmable thermostat. In the winter, set it back at least 10 degrees for 8 hours day (e.g., while you’re at work). In the summer, keep it between 72 and 74 degrees. These adjustments can save you 10% on your overall energy bill every year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • Water heater: Your water heater might have to run for an hour after each shower or load of laundry just to reheat the water in its tank. That’s 40¢ an hour. Factor in the cost of power to run the washer and dryer and you’re looking at about $2 per load of laundry.

    To save money:
    Take warm (not hot) showers and keep them to 10 minutes. Make sure you wash your clothes in cold water only. Today’s washers will get clothes clean no matter what temperature the water is. You can also set your water heater to 120 degrees or less. You’ll save up to 5% in monthly energy costs for every 10 degrees you lower your water heater, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • Refrigerators: Refrigerators may have relatively low power consumption per hour, but while they do cycle on and off, they’re still using electricity for 10 hours or more every day. That comes to about $1 a day.

    To save money: Make sure your refrigerator is set at the optimal temperature according to the owner’s manual. Also, cleaning the coils regularly will keep it from working harder than it has to. Finally, organize your refrigerator properly to allow for proper air flow.

Bonus Tip: Enhance Efficiency with Energy Star

Another way to reduce your overall energy usage is to choose energy-efficient appliances that are marked with the Energy Star logo, including refrigerators, dishwashers, freezers, washers, and dryers. By purchasing an Energy Star appliance, you know you’ll get high-quality performance while reducing energy bills. You’ll find a wide selection of energy-efficient appliances at Reno’s Appliance.

You may feel like household energy costs are out of your control, but you have more power than you think. Stay mindful of the power consumption of household appliances and you’ll start to see lower electricity bills.

Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our wide selection of appliances.