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The 6 Most Expensive Appliances on Your Energy Bill

Welcome to the Homeowner’s Handbook! I’m Chad Peterman. If you dread opening that envelope from your electric company each month, we are here to help empower you moving forward in what you can do to impact that bill.

In this post, we will provide a breakdown of six appliances costing you the most money on your energy bill. By understanding which systems use the most electricity in your home, you can reduce your energy consumption and lower your monthly energy bill.

Before we begin, all houses will be different. How accurate this breakdown is may vary primarily based on how many of your home’s systems use gas over electricity.

Why is Understanding Your Energy Bill Important?

Your monthly energy bill is an important factor in your overall financial health. By understanding which appliances use the most electricity in your home, you can make informed decisions on reducing your energy consumption and lowering your monthly energy bill. This can help you save money in the long run and lessen your environmental impact. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average monthly residential electricity bill in the United States is $117.65. By taking steps to reduce your energy consumption, you can lower this amount and save money.

6 Appliances that are Costing You the Most Money on Your Energy Bill

1-HVAC System

Furnaces and Central A/C units can account for almost half of the energy used in your home. This is why it’s important to ensure your HVAC system runs as efficiently as possible. One way to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system is to change the air filter regularly. A dirty air filter can cause your HVAC system to work harder, which uses more electricity.

Additionally, you should ensure your HVAC system is maintained correctly by a professional to ensure it runs at peak efficiency. It’s also important to note that upgrading to a smart thermostat can save even more money. A smart thermostat can learn your temperature preferences and automatically adjust the temperature to save you money.

2-Water Heater

If you have an electric water heater, it can account for up to fourteen to fifteen percent of your home’s electricity. One way to reduce the energy your water heater uses is to wash your clothes in cold water. This can help reduce the amount of hot water you use each month.

Additionally, you should try to shorten your showers to reduce the amount of hot water used. Another way to save money is to insulate your water heater tank and pipes. This can help reduce the amount of heat loss and keep your water running hotter for longer.


The lights in your home can account for up to twelve percent of your monthly electricity bill. To reduce this amount, you should upgrade to LED bulbs. LED bulbs are more energy-efficient and last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.

Additionally, you should always turn the lights off as you leave a room. Another way to save money on lighting is to use natural light whenever possible. Open the blinds and curtains to let the sunlight in during the day. Use task lighting rather than overhead lighting when possible.

4-Washer & Dryer

These appliances can contribute around twelve percent of your monthly electricity use. To reduce the energy your washer and dryer use, you should only wash and dry when you have a full load. Additionally, you should consider hang-drying more of your laundry, which can save energy and help your clothes last longer.

5-Ovens & Refrigerators

A dirty oven or refrigerator can cause them to work harder to maintain their desired temperature, resulting in more energy consumption. Regular cleaning and maintenance can help prevent this and ensure your appliances work efficiently. Additionally, choosing energy-efficient models when it’s time to replace your old appliances can significantly reduce your energy consumption and costs in the long run.

To help choose an energy-efficient appliance, look for the ENERGY STAR label. This label indicates that the appliance meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ENERGY STAR certified appliances use 10-50% less energy than standard models, which translates to significant savings on your energy bills over the life of the appliance. While energy-efficient models may cost more upfront, the savings you’ll see in energy costs will quickly make up for the additional expense.

6-Personal Appliances

TVs, printers, microwaves, and computers use relatively little energy. You can take a few simple steps to reduce the amount of energy used by personal appliances. For example, you can use a power strip to quickly turn off multiple devices when they’re not in use.

You can also adjust the power settings on your devices to reduce their energy consumption. For example, you can set your computer to “sleep” mode when it’s not being used for a long time. Finally, you can unplug devices that aren’t used for extended periods, such as when you’re away on vacation.

Reducing your energy bill doesn’t have to be a difficult or expensive task. By understanding which appliances are using the most electricity in your home, you can take simple steps to reduce your energy consumption and lower your monthly energy bill.

Whether upgrading to LED light bulbs, washing your clothes in cold water, or choosing the most energy-efficient model for your appliances, every little bit helps. You can save money, reduce your environmental impact, and improve your overall financial health by making minor changes to your energy habits.

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