Updated: Mar 1, 2019
If you are anything like me you get your electric bill once month. You open your email or tear open the paper envelop and say REALLY! How is my electric bill that high? Understanding how to reduce your electrical usage to save money is important to us & should be to you! First you should know how the utility company measures your usage so you can know how to reduce that usage.
How your utility company measures electricity.
Everything that uses electricity is can be measured in Watts. ( if you want to understand what a watt is click here. ) So when you plug in your hair dryer to dry your hair or plug in your cell phone to charge you begin to consume WATTS. Now because we use a large amount of watts ( the average home consumes 605,000.00 watts per month) the utility measures them by killa watts. Which is watts divided by 1,000. So 605,000 watts / 1,000 = 605 kilowatts. They then take a multiply your Kwh or Kilowatt hours by their price per Kwh for simplicity sake let's say it cost .14 cents per kwh. So the more watts used the higher your bill will be. So let's see what are high Watt consuming products we use.
High energy consumption items.
1. Electric Heat- These are things like electric baseboard heaters for your home, hair dryers, ovens, iron, clothes dryer, curling iron, hair straightener, electric water heater.
2. Motors / Pumps- Things that have motors or pumps. Ceiling fans, refrigerator, freezer, washing machine, boiler pumps, exhaust fans.
3. Lights- Well we think you know what these are! Here is the thing about lights, a old style incandescent light bulb consumes more watts than a new LED light bulb this is an easy way to save money.