In 2020, energy consumption fell by a record 7% in the United States. As residential homeowners are learning more about sustainable living, they are actively fighting against high energy bills.
If you want to be a part of the decrease in energy consumption, you need to learn about the appliances you currently own. Read on to learn about the top energy-draining home appliances.
Energy-Draining Kitchen Appliances
Several energy-draining appliances in the kitchen may be wasting electricity without your knowledge. However, the top three are the refrigerator, freezer, and oven.
The refrigerator and freezer in your home may be connected. If they aren’t, they are likely operating 24 hours a day either way. Because of this, these appliances are major electricity-drawing appliances.
You can learn about the energy consumption of your fridge/freezer by figuring out the energy rating of your specific model. Pro tip: A fridge that is too big for your kitchen will cause extra electricity use.
Although not everyone uses their oven daily, the cost of using an oven a few times out of the week can add up to around $1,000 per year. To ensure greater energy efficiency, always close the oven door as much as possible.
Energy-Draining Laundry Room Appliances
Generally, there are only two appliances that make up a laundry room so you can probably guess where we are going with this. That’s right, your washing machine and clothes dryer are both energy-draining appliances.
Like choosing a refrigerator, choosing a washing machine that is the right size for your needs can help you save energy. Try to load the washing machine to its full potential before running it and use the cold water option to save.
Unlike washing machines, you shouldn’t overfill your clothes dryer because the drying process gets slowed which leads to higher use in energy. If you want to get rid of your clothes dryer entirely to save, you can use a rack or clothesline.
Energy-Draining Living Room Appliances
Although commonly found in the living room, these next two energy-draining appliances can be found in almost any room of the home. We’re talking about home entertainment and air conditioners.
Home entertainment is not thought to use the most electricity in your home because the appliances are generally small. However, when these small items work together, it makes a huge impact on your energy bill.
Some home entertainment appliances include:
- Desktop computer
- Cordless phone
- Mobile device charger
- DVD player
- Game console
The biggest energy user under the home entertainment category is the television.
Last we have air conditioners, one of the notorious energy-draining appliances. Luckily, you can work with solar companies to combat energy-sucking air conditioners and more.
Cutting Down on Energy Bills
There are so many energy-draining appliances in the home that most people can’t live without. Thanks to technology, there are several energy-efficient machines out there that can help save you money in the long run.
Find out how much energy your home uses per year to understand where you can save. For more guides about the home, check out the other posts on our blog.