How to Calculate Energy Consumption
How to Calculate Energy
If you live in Texas, you may not have to worry about low temperatures common in other parts of the US. Regardless, even Lone Star State residents would love to know the best way to manage their use of electricity. Managing average electric usage can be beneficial, especially during high summer temperatures when the air conditioner is running 24/7.
Estimating Electricity Usage
Every appliance or electronic device in your home adds up to your electricity bill each month. Finding out the biggest energy consumers in your home can help you adjust your usage by unplugging or using the device less.
Calculating the energy consumption of an appliance or electronic device is not difficult. Most devices come with a label that shows the watts usage on the device or in the user’s manual. Finding this number and estimating the hours it’s in use per day, will help you know how much energy the appliance is using.
Here’s a manual example:
Your air conditioner runs 24 hours a day. Most refrigerators consume 3000-5000 watts of electricity. Let’s assume you bought a model that consumes 3500 watts.
3500 watts X 24 hours = 84,000 watt-hours per day
84,000 watt-hours per day / 1000 = 84 kWh per day
84 kWh per day X 30 days = 2520 kWh per month
2520 kWh per month x $0.10 per kWh = $252 per month
Calculating Your Electric Bill with Technology
A smart meter installed in your home by your utility company is the epitome of savvy monitoring of your average electric usage. A smart meter electronically monitors and stores your home’s electric usage data in 15 minute intervals all day. After you register on Smart Meter Texas, you can log in every day to view your usage and compare with the days you’re home and when you’re out.
Average Energy Cost of Appliances
Understanding the average energy cost of appliances in your home is another way of monitoring your average electricity usage. Here are some things to consider if you’re trying to reduce the average electricity usage of your appliances.
· The age of your refrigerator: The latest model Energy Star-certified refrigerators consume 50% less energy than a fridge from the early 2000s.
· The age of your washing machine: Consumer Reports recommends to replace any washing machine 10 years old as it’s likely to cost you $180 more annually to run than a newer model.
· How you run your dishwasher: Consumer Reports recommends running the dishwasher when it’s at full capacity. Use the “rinse hold” cycle sparingly, as the cycle uses 3-7 gallons of hot water per use.
· Watch your thermostat: Always maintain your thermostat settings at 76 degrees in hot summer months and at 70 degrees during winter when you are at home. In case you’ll be away from your home for more than 8 hours, lower the thermostat so that you’re not heating or cooling an empty house. Such measures have the potential of reducing your average electric bill by roughly 60%.
· To save on consumption, unplug appliances such as microwaves, coffee makers, and phone chargers when they’re not in use.
Figuring out how to calculate your average electricity usage per month can also help you modify your usage behavior. Surprise bills will be a thing of the past and you can divert the potential savings to other important household needs.
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