How Do You Use Energy?
Approximate average monthly kilowatt-hour (kWh) usage:
|Water Bed Heater
|Clothes Dryer (4 Loads/wk)
**Based on a 1, 500 sq. foot home. Homes differ in usage according to size, climate, construction, insulation and family living habits.
***Based on a 3-ton unit running 10 hours a day for 30 days.
What is a Kilowatt-Hour?
Electric power is measured in watts. All electrical appliances and light bulbs are sized, or rated, in watts. The term kilowatts mean 1, 000 watts. A kilowatt-hour is 1, 000 watts of power used for one hour. One kilowatt-hour will run a 100-watt light bulb for 10 hours.
Energy Saving Tips
- Replace old incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents.
- Use photocells and motion sensors on exterior lights to increase security.
- Do consecutive loads of laundry to take advantage of residual heat in the dryer.
- For cooling keep thermostat at 78 degrees when home and 85 degrees when away.
- Install a programmable thermostat.
- Turn off any unneeded lights, computers, copiers and appliances.
- Consider insulating, caulking and weather stripping.
- Consider installing new windows in older homes.
- Close damper on chimney after a fire.
Heating and Cooling
Heating and cooling a home can be costly. Below are some tips to consider:
- Check forced-air furnace filters regularly for efficient airflow.
- On cloudy days, keep drapes and blinds closed. Drapes and blinds add an extra layer of insulation. On sunny days, open the drapes and blinds to let in the sun’s heat.
- Don’t block registers, baseboards, radiators or cold air returns, air must circulate through and around them for maximum efficiency.
- Seal heating ducts and insulate those that run through unheated spaces.
- Cut up to three percent from your heating costs for every degree you set your thermostat back over an 8-hour period.
- Don’t get caught setting the thermostat to a high temperature to heat your home faster. It won’t heat quicker and leaving it there can use a lot of energy.