In the Cayman Islands, even a small household tends to experience electricity costs as high as $400 KYD per month. Families that live in large homes are likely to spend more than that, as they have more people relying on the appliances that use the most energy. Air conditioning units, water heaters, and dryers are some of the largest sources of household electricity usage.
Despite being such a major expense, the average person doesn’t necessarily understand what goes into their electricity bill. When you learn how to measure electricity consumption, you can track which household appliances use the most energy and cut down on your electric bill.
How to Measure Electricity Consumption
Appliances measure their power consumption in something called a kilowatt-hour, which is the number of kilowatts an appliance consumes to operate for an hour. Once you know how many hours per day you use a device, you can multiply that by the kilowatt-hours it uses. Track usage throughout a month, and you’ll be able to trace the overwhelming majority of your electricity bills.
Home Appliances by Household Energy Usage
It’s impractical and unnecessary to track every electronic device, as only a handful of culprits consume the lion’s share of electricity throughout the home. Central air conditioning is the largest source of electricity consumption by a long shot, with an average cost that’s nearly three times the two runners-up combined. In an average household, the figures for electricity consumption often look something like this:
- Central Air Conditioner: 1450 kWh/month
- Water Heater: 310/kWh/month
- Refrigerator: 205 kWh/month
- Tumble Dryer: 75 kWh/month
- Washing Machines: 9 kWh/month
- Dishwashers: 30 kWh/month
Energy Saving Tips
When you’re thinking of ways to cut your energy bills and save money, you should start with the appliances that consume the most electricity. While it might be tempting to look into difficult, time-consuming things like washing every dish by hand, these processes are so inefficient that you’d actually end up using more electricity. On the other hand, cutting back on air conditioning by 20% will single-handedly save you more than wearing unwashed clothes and eating from dirty dishes.
Reducing your reliance on air conditioning is also the simplest way to cut back on your electricity usage. Using ceiling fans and taking steps to improve your home’s insulation are worthwhile steps. Installing thermal windows, sealing gaps around doors, and taking other steps can pay for themselves. Beyond that, here are a few additional tips to consider to save energy and cut your electricity bill:
- Schedule regular maintenance to keep your appliances and air conditioner at peak energy efficiency.
- Use your washer, dryer, and dishwasher as close to full capacity as possible
- Washing dishes by hand is as inefficient as running a 1/8th of a full dishwasher — don’t do it!
- Seal the edges of windows and cover them to insulate these major points of energy loss.
- Install thermal windows to maximize air conditioning efficiency.
- Unplug appliances completely to eliminate phantom power usage.
- If the weather is suitable, consider hanging laundry from an outdoor clothesline or balcony.
It’s important to make sure that you take good care of your appliances. Energy efficiency can drop with age, particularly if you don’t properly maintain and repair the electronics you depend on. Save on energy consumption and keep your electricity bills under control with routine maintenance, repair, and replacement from the Appliance Doctors.
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