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Which Home Appliances Use the Most Energy?

Switching to green energy is a great way to help the environment recover from harmful emissions and global warming.

Further steps households can take would be to establish which home appliances use the most energy and then use them in a way that benefits both their finances and the environment.

Some home appliances are more energy-hungry than others. Why pay more if you can have the same—or better—effect for less? All you need to save money and protect the environment is to look at which appliances consume the most energy and then examine what alternatives exist.

Does a Fan or AC Use More Electricity?

We want our homes cool and fresh in the summer. We need them nice and warm in the winter. Your area’s climate will determine whether you require more cooling than heating; both come at a price: the use of energy.

Central air conditioning units consume a lot of energy compared to fans. Together with the heating system, they could account for up to 47% of your total account energy cost.

If you can’t switch to fans, the best ways to use less energy is to make sure your air conditioning and heating systems are appropriately maintained.

Good insulation in your home will also ensure your cooling and heating systems work better and more efficiently.

Also, a programmable thermostat can help you program the required temperatures, especially during sleep time or when you are away and need your systems less. This can lead to a significant reduction in your energy consumption and your energy bill.

Water Heaters

We all love taking a nice hot bath after a hard day at work. Water heaters are used on a daily basis and consume up to 18% of the total electricity of a household.
No, we’re not suggesting that you sacrifice your personal hygiene. But you could substitute some of the baths with showers instead. Baths use up to 50 gallons to fill a tub, while the average shower uses five gallons of water per minute—and even less with a water-saving device like a low-flow showerhead. The less water you warm up, the less energy you consume.

Another idea is to check the preset temperature of your water heater. Hot water heaters should be set at 120 Fahrenheit rather than 140 degrees, which is the standard preset temperature. The 20-degree difference can have a significant impact on your energy bill.


Dehumidifiers help maintain a constant humidity level in the house. They are a good way to prevent mold from building up, especially in hidden places. However, because dehumidifiers run for several hours a day, they tend to consume a lot of energy.

It’s best to use a dehumidifier in separate rooms rather than for a whole house at once. When the desired humidity level has been reached, the dehumidifier will turn off, thus saving you energy.

Washing Machine and Dryer

Washing machines and dryers are part of our everyday life, particularly if there are children in the household. Laundry consumes up to 13% of the total energy consumed in a household.

Try to run full loads rather than half loads to conserve energy. At the same time, try not to overload your machines, as it will impact their efficiency.
You don’t need extremely hot water to clean your clothes. Most modern detergents will work their magic perfectly well at around 100 degrees Fahrenheit. As a bonus, lower temperatures cause less damage to your clothes than higher ones.

If your HOA allows it, you could hang your clothes to dry on a line in the outdoors. This will save you from using your dryer during the summer months or whenever the sun is shining. The sun will also disinfect your clothes from any remaining microbes.

Fridge and Freezer

A fridge and freezer are essential appliances in any home. However, they run continuously. This means, even though they might consume little energy as appliances, their permanent function is ultimately responsible for up to 8% of your energy bill.

If your finances allow it, invest in an energy-efficient refrigerator. Most modern refrigerators are more energy-friendly than old ones.

Another way to lower your energy bill is to set the temperature in your fridge between 36 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit. Your food will be perfectly safe and well refrigerated. Keep in mind that a freezer consumes more energy than a refrigerator.
If your fridge or freezer cannot automatically defrost, you should defrost your units periodically to ensure they remain efficient.

Other Appliances

Your electric oven accounts for 3% to 5% of your energy bill. Baking and cooking in the oven are fun, and no one is suggesting we cut down on our family’s cooking time. However, perhaps your microwave can do the same work. Especially in the case of smaller portions, it may be more efficient to use your microwave than your oven.

Lights are often kept on for long hours, particularly during the winter. By switching to energy-efficient light bulbs such as LEDs, you can minimize the energy consumed. Also, remember to turn off the lights when you leave a room.

A computer uses about 1% of your home’s energy. It is not that much, but if you are looking to be more energy-efficient, you could unplug your computer if you are not going to use it for a significant amount of time—for example, when going on a long trip. Remember, appliances consume energy even while on standby mode. The same is true for televisions, sound systems, etc.

How Can I Reduce my Electric Bill?

Without energy, our homes would have to rely on candles for light and wood for heating. Not many modern humans would like to go back to these standards.
However, by following the tips above, you can save energy in your home and help improve both your finances and the environment at large. Even savings of a few hundred dollars mean more disposable money for shopping or eating out. And our environment would be thanking you for it!

Another great way to protect the environment is by switching to a provider that only uses green energy sources. Call 888-538-7001 or check if Sunrise Power and Gas serves your zip code and help build a cleaner future!