What Uses the Most Electricity in Your Home in Texas?
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Top 4 Biggest Energy Consumers in Your House
What contributes the most to the average electricity bill in Texas? Heating and cooling accounts for 40-50% of your bill, water heating 18-20%, appliances and electronics 20%, and lighting 10-15%. Each home is unique due to its size, location, age, and the behavior of the people that live there.
Your air conditioner and furnace use the most electricity in your home (especially in Texas) at about 40-50% of your bill. It’s hot for most of the year which means your air conditioner is working hard to keep your home cool for the most of the year.
You can reduce the amount of electricity used by your HVAC systems by:
Your water heater consumes the second most amount of energy in your home, accounting for about 18-20% of your electricity bill. Every time you take a warm shower, wash dishes, wash your hands, or run the clothes washing machine, your water heater kicks into gear.
You can decrease the energy consumed by your water heater by:
Turning down the temperature on your water heater
Washing your clothes with cold water and only with a full load of clothing
Switching to a tankless water heater can save you up to $100 per year
3. Appliances and Electronics – 20%
All of the electronic devices and appliances in your such as televisions, laundry machines, refrigerators, computers, game consoles, and more make up for about 20% of your electricity bill.
Reduce the electricity utilized by your electronics and appliances by:
Spending more time outdoors (or reading) instead of watching television, online shopping, or gaming
Refraining from repeatedly opening your refrigerator just to see what’s inside – plan your trips to the fridge to keep the cool air inside
Pre-rinsing your dishes, turning off the heated dry settings, and only running a full load in the dishwasher
Investing in a clothes drying rack to air dry more clothing instead of using the dryer
4. Lighting – 10-15%
The lights in your home consume about 10-15% of the total electricity used. Depending on how many light bulbs you have in your home, the type of bulb, and how often they are, the energy used by lighting can vary widely.
Follow these tips to decrease the electricity consumption of your lights:
Upgrade to LED lights – these bulbs last significantly longer than incandescent bulbs and use 90% less energy
Always remember to turn the lights off when you leave the room
If it’s not too hot outside, open the blinds and rely on natural light instead of electricity
Replace exterior lights with solar powered lights so they don’t add to your bill
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