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.