When homeowners receive their energy bill each month or so, they’re
likely scratching their head and wondering why so much power is being
consumed in their home. According to the Energy Information Administration,
homes account for 30% of the total amount of electricity used in the United
States. That’s more than either the industrial and commercial sector. At
Lightning Bug Electric, our Marietta electrical contractors understand that household appliances
are the true culprits.
The following is a list of the top energy-consuming appliances possibly
in your home:
Refrigerator – This appliance runs all day, every single day, making them the
largest energy consumers. Check your unit to see if there is a power-saver
Furnace – During the winter months, it is the biggest consuming of energy
in your home. Make sure your house has great insulation, particularly
around the doors, windows, attics and basements. Install a programmable
thermostat to control the temperature of your home throughout the day.
Air Conditioning – If you have a central air system, a large amount of energy is needed
to change your home’s temperature. Again, a programmable thermostat
will enable you to limit the amount of energy used to maintain a comfortable
temperature in your home.
Microwave – This appliance consumes the most energy when they’re not
being used, requiring power to illuminate the clock and maintain the electronic
push button controls in standby mode. If you have an old model, it’s
time to upgrade and take advantage of the energy efficiency capabilities.
Chargers – In today’s society, we almost completely rely on our smartphones
and computers for practically everything. If you’re looking for
a charger that saves power, check if they advertise energy efficiency.
Cable boxes – Another device that continuously uses power since they communicate
with external sources. Ask your cable provider for an ENERGY STAR-rated
set-top box if possible.
Gaming Consoles – While Playstation and Xbox consoles are equipped with energy saving
standby modes, using these devices to play games or watch movies results
in a hefty energy bill every month.
Contact our Marietta electrical contractors to
schedule your service today.