Think about your daily routine at home — pretty much everything you do uses some type of energy. Between air conditioners, refrigerators, chargers, and water heaters, household energy is the third-largest use of energy throughout the United States. If you’re a homeowner that uses a lot of it, going solar is a good option if your home qualifies because it will most likely lower your monthly electricity bill.

Here’s what uses the most energy in your home:

  • Cooling & heating – 47% of your home’s usage

(around 10.5 kWh per hour for an electric furnace)

 

  • Water heater – 14% of your home’s usage

(380-500 kWh per month)

 

  • Washer & dryer – 13% of your home’s usage

(about 6kWh per wash & dry)

 

  • Lighting 12% of your home’s usage

(.06 kWh per hour for a 60-watt bulb)

 

  • Refrigerator – 4% of your home’s usage

(150 kWh per month)

 

  • Electric oven – 3-4% of your home’s usage

(2-3 kWh per hour)

 

  • TV, DVD, cable box – 3% of your home’s usage

(.4-.6 kWh per hour)

 

  • Dishwasher – 2% of your home’s usage

(2 kWh per load)

 

  • Desktop computer – 1%

(0.25 kWh per hour)

 

Some of your favorite appliance drain energy!

Unplug the following items when they’re not in use, and you’ll be able to save a bit more:

 

  • Cable Box
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • DVD/VCR Players
  • Central Heating Furnance
  • Routers & Modem
  • Phones
  • Gaming Console
  • Television
  • Microwaves