52 Weeks: Electricity

Here’s some information that helped me focus my money saving efforts most effectively:

Www.energystar.gov says the average U.S. home’s annual electric usage breaks out like this:

  • Heating                       29%
  • Cooling                       17%
    • Heating and cooling will be different according to what part of the country you live in. Here in Florida, my provider (Florida Power & Light) says that an average of 60% of the summer bill goes for air conditioning. They also say that a swimming pool pump is the second largest user of electricity. They recommend running it just six hours a day in the summer and four hours a day in the winter.
  • Water Heating              14%
  • Major Appliances        13%     Fridge, washer, dryer, dishwasher
  • Lighting                       12%
  • Electronics                     4%     TV, DVD player, game system, computer
  • Other                           11%     Stove and oven, small appliances, fans, etc.

Of course, when I’m getting serious about cutting costs I address the small things too, but it’s nice to know what the big things are.

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