We now live with a huge array of electrical appliances in our homes, each one using lots of power each day, your local electrician in Reedy Creek can suggest many ways to reduce your electric usage, saving a substantial amount of money.
The electrical energy unit is called a watt. 1,000 watts equals one kilowatt-hour or 1-kWh, this is equal to 1,000 watts being used for one whole hour.
Home appliances are power hungry, think about how much power you would save if you had a power efficient home. Appliances that produce heat are often the most expensive to run.
Small appliances such as hair dryers, curling irons, toasters, coffee makers, vacuum cleaners use more watts than the average refrigerator, but because they are on for only a short time they use less power on a monthly basis than appliances that are always on, such as water heaters, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners.
The efficiency rating of many appliances has dramatically increased over recent years. In the 80’s a home refrigerator used between 120 to 350 kWh each month. The latest models today use 20 to 65kWh per month, but they’re still one of the biggest energy users in the home.
Probably the biggest user of electricity is a home heater, fortunately in the Gold Coast these are not normally needed as a portable heater uses 200 to 300 kWh a month and a home electric furnace can use 1.500 to 4,000kWh each month
Some other energy hogs are:
It really depends on the settings you use, which is why there is a range difference, but these are the 5 biggest users of energy in the average home
- Air conditioners are high on the list
An average window unit uses 200 to 650 kWh per month
An average central air conditioning unit uses 300 to 1,500 kWh per month
A heat pump type of duel heater/ cooler split system air conditioner 600 to 4,500 kWh per month
- Home Water Heaters
A four person home uses between 400 to 1,200 kWh per month depending on your thermostat settings and if you use hot water for washing clothes and dishwashers
There is a huge range of refrigerators in homes, the older styles from the eighties use thousands of kWh and the latest high tech models can use as little as 400 kWh per year, so if you’ve an old model even if it works well, by trading if for a new model it can save you enough to pay for itself quickly. The average household refrigerator uses 30 to 200 kWh per month.
These are not very common on the Gold Coast unless you live in a very humid area and need one for health reasons as water vapor in the air can cause mould and dust mites. They use 60 to 1,000 kWh per month, often more than a refrigerator.
- Oven and Electric Stoves
These use around 2,400 watts per hour, so if you use them for one hour a day each month the total would be 72 kWh per month.
Your friendly electrician in Reedy Creek is happy to advise and help you reduce your energy bill by installing the most energy efficient system in your home saving you money each month.