What Are the Top Energy Users in Your Home?
Mar 15, 2021
Surprised by a high energy bill? Wondering which appliances use the most energy in your home? At Energy Saving Pros, we are committed to helping northern California homeowners save big on their energy bills. Read on to learn more about what uses the most energy in your home, and about our whole-home solutions for energy savings.
The Top Energy Users in Your Home
1. Heating and Cooling Systems
In most homes in the United States, over half of the household energy costs go to heating and cooling. You’ve probably noticed that your energy bills fluctuate as the seasons change. Summer and winter often bring higher energy bills for homeowners in California.
2. Water Heater
The second biggest energy user in your home is your water heater. It takes a lot of energy to heat a 50-gallon tank of water and keep it hot. In most homes, the water heater drains more energy than all other appliances.
3. Washer and Dryer
The third biggest energy users reside in your laundry room. Washers and dryers consume around 13% of your household energy. The dryer is actually the bigger culprit, accounting for most of the energy it takes to do a load of laundry.
Don’t forget to turn off the lights when you leave a room. Averaging at 12% of household consumption, lighting makes up a significant portion of your energy costs. Converting to energy efficient light bulbs or LED lighting can help you save on your lighting bill.
Is your refrigerator running up your energy bill? At 4% of energy usage, your refrigerator eats up the next biggest slice of household energy. Older appliances use more energy than new ones, and an old refrigerator in an uninsulated garage can really run up your bill.
How to Save on Your Energy Bills
Heating and cooling systems should be inspected and cleaned at least twice a year. Replacing filters, cleaning conduits, and sealing ductwork always improves efficiency and reduces energy costs. Regular maintenance from Energy Saving Pros will help you save on your energy bills and extend the lifespan of your HVAC system.
Did you know that some of the biggest energy losses occur in your attic? Adding new insulation, solar attic fans, and dormer vents can improve your home’s energy efficiency and reduce your energy costs dramatically. Eliminate leaks, minimize dust, and help keep interior temperatures comfortable all year round with re-insulation from Energy Saving Pros.
One of the best ways to save on your energy bill is to go solar. Owning your own solar panels means that you produce the electricity you use. With battery backup, you can store solar power to use after dark and even keep the lights on during blackouts.
Request a Quote
Energy Saving Pros offers same-day quotes for insulation, HVAC maintenance, and solar installation. Our whole-home solutions for energy savings will help you reduce energy waste and lower your energy bills. Locally owned and operated, we service all of northern California, including Sacramento, Rocklin, Roseville, and the East Bay Area. Call 916-259-2501 to get a quote today!
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