Energy costs put a big dent in your monthly spending. Heating and cooling your home, running the washer and dryer and using the dishwasher all play a role in your Northern Virginia electric bills. Home appliances draw extreme amounts of energy. An appliance rated at 1,000 watts, left on for one hour, will use 1 kWh of electricity. Now think about all the appliances — large and small — you have in your home.
You might be surprised to learn that small appliances, like toasters, hair dryers, coffee makers, vacuum cleaners and curling irons all use more watts than refrigerators do. But these big-watt items are only on for short periods of time, so they don’t use as much power as an appliance that draws fewer watts but works indefinitely — like a fridge/freezer or a water heater.
Naturally, the biggest energy users are the appliances that are left running for hours or days at a time. Here is a list of the top five most energy-hungry appliances in your home.
Number 5: Refrigerator/Freezer combo. Despite their huge efficiency jump in the last few decades, they still rank high in energy use.
Number 4: Dehumidifier. Depending on the moisture level in your home, the dehumidifier can run most of the day, which is why it utilizes so much power.
Number 3: Water Heater. Any appliance that requires heated water typically uses more energy. Since a tank water heater is constantly working, it is an energy hog.
Number 2: Cooling System. Air conditioning, which typically uses high-watt machines for extended periods of time, accounts for a big chunk of residential energy use.
Number 1: Heating System. Though possibly the most important home appliance (depending on where you live), it is the biggest energy user. The type of heat, how efficiently the system is and how much it’s used will determine the energy costs.