When you receive your monthly electric bill, do you know where the power was used? This graph shows how energy is used in the average home.
Your use may vary depending on:
- your lifestyle
- the size of your family
- the size and age of your appliances
The amount used also varies with the weather and seasons.
Once you have an idea how the electricity is being used, you may be able to figure out ways to cut back. When trying to conserve energy, concentrate on the areas of large usage.
In winter, heating will be over one half of the energy going into the home. In summer, air conditioning will result in a major impact to your electric bill.
You may want to consider a new heat pump to replace an old furnace and air conditioning system. A new heat pump may provide you with the best potential for savings on your electric bill. The next area with the greatest potential for savings will be your hot water heater.
The HomeEnergySuite is an online resource that provides everything you need to evaluate and manage your home energy choices. With these tools you can calculate the estimated cost of energy use in your home for home energy, heating, lighting, and appliances.