Household Energy Consumption

May 12, 2015

Are you aware of how much energy your household consumes on a regular basis? Many people are surprised to learn just how much energy they use and where most of their energy consumption originates.

The Average U.S. Home

Data recently gathered by the Energy Information Administration suggests that the average U.S. household uses 11,280 kWh per year, which is roughly 940 kWh per month. You can find your household’s monthly energy usage on your electric bill to compare your usage to the national average.

How Much Energy Do Your Appliances Use?

While everyone needs electricity for daily activities, the majority of people aren’t aware that many small household appliances often use much more energy than even some large appliances:

  • Water heater – 4500 to 5500 watts
  • Clothes dryer – 1800 to 5000 watts
  • Dishwasher – 1200 to 2400 watts
  • Hair dryer – 1200 to 1875 watts
  • Clothes iron – 1000 to 1800 watts
  • Coffee maker – 900 to 1200 watts
  • Toaster- 800 to 1400 watts

Some appliances that use little energy include:

  • DVD player – 20 to 25 watts
  • Laptop – 50 watts
  • Television – 133 watts (36”)
  • Window fan – 55 to 250 watts
  • Desktop – 60 to 250 watts
  • Washing machine – 350 to 500 watts
  • Refrigerator – 725 watts

Are you surprised to learn that your hair dryer uses more energy than your refrigerator or washing machine? Using energy efficient appliances and making a few small changes can make a huge difference in your monthly energy consumption.

Recent Changes in Energy Consumption

In past years, the majority of U.S. households used the greatest amount of energy for heating. Recently this trend has changed, and the majority now spends roughly 35 percent of their energy consumption on appliances, electronics, and lighting. Another 18 percent is spent on water heating, while air conditioning accounts for 6 percent.

The Solution

Lowering your energy consumption not only reduces monthly energy costs, but also diminishes your carbon footprint. Make small changes gradually and consider speaking with an energy supplier to discover ways to make better energy choices.