All electronic devices and appliances use energy, some more than others. From your phones to your hot water heater, getting on top of consumption is a good way to save money.
It’s also a necessary step toward environmentally friendly practices. In 2019, electricity from all energy sources resulted in 1.90 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States.
Experts predict this number of emissions will increase further this year. Here’s how to help the environment, cut down on your energy bill and get a better understanding of your gadgets’ energy use.
1. Smartphones and Computers
The average cost of energy in the United States is 12 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh).
Smartphones come in at the top of the list of low-consumption gadgets. You don’t have to worry too much about your phone since it only uses about 7 kWh, or just under $1, per year.
On the other hand, a computer uses a bit more energy. While a laptop will draw about 150 to 300 kWh of energy every year, a desktop computer consumes about 600 kWh annually. That comes out to about $18 to $36 for laptops and $72 for desktops.
Individually, your lights can add up to hefty costs. However, it’s important to further consider energy consumption on a collective scale to understand total expenses. A typical incandescent bulb will use about 876 kWh of energy annually, which adds up to roughly $131.
If you combine that number with the rest of the lights in your home, it can be an intimidating price tag.
Fortunately, you can switch to LED lightbulbs, which use about 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs. Upfront costs are higher, but LEDs far outperform them with long-term savings.
3. Kitchen Appliances
The New York Times ran a report about energy consumption in the home. Kitchen appliances topped the list of some of the biggest energy consumers and should be an area of focus for cost savings.
Certain electric kettles, toasters and coffee makers can consume almost 1 kWh of energy while they’re on. If you use them every day, those costs can quickly add up.
The most important step you can take in the kitchen is to simply remember to turn the appliances off. Leaving them on will mean unnecessary costs. If you’re not sure if something will still consume energy while off but plugged-in, you can unplug it for extra caution.
4. Hot Water Heater
Water consumption and heating consist of a hefty portion of energy costs on your bill. The U.S. Department of Energy states that water heating makes up 18% of total energy usage in your home. With such a high percentage comes big costs.
Your washing machine is a good place to start when it comes to reducing expenses. Depending on your household size, you could be doing several loads of laundry a week, requiring lots of hot water. If you only use cold water for your laundry, you can reduce your hot water heating costs and your energy bill.
5. Gaming Systems
Video games are often long-term commitments, whether they’re on consoles or a PC. With this time comes more energy usage and higher bills. Newer consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X can amount to 220 watts in energy consumption. The higher the demands of the game itself, the greater the consumption will be.
Your yearly costs will vary based on how much you play. While this number isn’t the most concerning in terms of the total price, it’s still important to keep your eye on it as you save energy.
Reducing Your Energy Bill
If you’d like to reduce your energy bill, you can look for Energy Star-certified versions of the above gadgets when you need to replace your old ones. However, a simpler and more immediate fix is to unplug. You can put items on a power strip to turn them off at once to save energy. The savings will add up and you’ll save money in the long run.
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