It took a little bit of effort to figure out where our savings could come from, so I thought I'd take a minute to share what I learned. Here's a list of the household appliances we decided to focus on (click here or click here for a more detailed list):
|Area of Focus||Watts||kWh / Hr|
|A/C Units (per unit)||4,000||4.00|
|A/C Unit (portable)||1,050||1.05|
|Ceiling fan (each)||60||0.06|
|Computer Equipment (each)||150||0.15|
|Light bulb (60w) (each)||60||0.06|
|Light bulb (100w) (each)||100||0.10|
To calculate the actual usage of each item, divide the Wattage by 1,000 to get the kWh/Hr, and then multiply it by the number of hours that item runs.
Keep in mind that the number of hours an item is used will have a great impact on the overall figures; the Clothes Dryer looks like a big ticket item, but we don't use it more than a few hours in a week. While the ceiling fans look like small items, but turning off 4 of them for 12 hours at a time will add up to saving 2.88 kWh per day!
I'm not certain about the Range – does this refer to the oven or the stove, or both? I couldn't find a more specific break-down. Obviously, any cooking that can be shifted to the barbeque or the toaster oven will have an immediate impact..
Your feeling a little greener Realtor,
[tags] energy consumption, green living, APS, Fletcher Heights [/tags]