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Home Improvement  /  August 4, 2021

Appliances That Contribute the Most to Your Bills

As technologies advance and innovations emerge, most U.S. households are packed with appliances and gadgets that homeowners utilize for almost all necessities. Most of this equipment has a huge influence on your energy consumption. It is worth noting that even those that use a relatively small amount of electricity can add a fair bit to your energy costs – if they’re constantly switched on or left on standby. To help you understand more about these energy-consuming home appliances, we have listed them down here:

Appliances That Contribute the Most to Your Bills

Cooling and heating:     47% of energy use
Water heater:         14% of energy use
Washer and dryer:     13% of energy use
Lighting:         12% of energy use
Refrigerator:         4% of energy use
Electric oven:         4% of energy use
TV, DVD, cable box:     3% of energy use
Dishwasher:         2% of energy use
Computer:         1% of energy use

Ways to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient:

  • Unplug idle appliances. Standby power is one of the main factors that contribute to spikes in your bill. Experts say you can save up to $100 a year just by pulling the appliance plug off the wall. Make it a habit and soon you won’t have to think about it.

  • Turning off your lights. This is considered a classic rule in saving energy. Turning off your lights is the simplest way you can lower your energy use. With the flick of a switch, you can instantly reduce your electricity consumption and extend the life of your light bulb.

  • Installing daylighting as an alternative to electrical lighting. Daylighting is the practice of using natural light to illuminate the home’s interior. It can be achieved using skylights, light shelves, and clerestory windows. 

  • Investing in energy-efficient appliances. Be sure to check the ENERGY STAR® rating on your appliances before you purchase. The higher number of stars, the more energy-efficient the model is.

Whether you have home improvement projects or general home maintenance needs, you can count on Handyman Connection® of Orange County to deliver quality workmanship and superior customer service. Contact us via tel:(714) 288-0077 or get a free estimate here.

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