In terms of energy consumption, appliances rank in second place with 34%, before hot water (18%) and after heating (42%). Today, the Energy Smart Show provides you with tips and tricks to reduce the daily energy consumption of your every day life domestic appliances. But to limit their consumption, each device must be dealt with in a particular way. By choosing the most energy-efficient alternatives, you may lower your electricity bill.
The clothes dryer is the least energy-efficient appliance in your home. It alone accounts for 34% of the consumption of all household appliances. It consumes about 945 kWh per year, meaning that it cannot benefit from the ENERGY STAR label! This is one more reason to give it up when possible, and go for for the clothesline or drying cabinet!
Then comes the stove, with no less than 20% of a household’s energy consumption. To avoid wasting energy, Use a suitable size heating element. If your pot is larger than the element, cooking will be longer and will consume more energy. If it’s smaller, you will waste energy.
Keep in mind that a refrigerator runs 24 hours/day, 365 days a year! It constantly consumes energy. A lot of energy is required to produce cold air. This can represent up to approximately 10% of the overall energy consumption at home. Therefore, when shopping for new appliances, it’s important to pay close attention to the energy consumption rating and chose a model with the Energy Star label.
Studies show that clothes rinsed in cold water are as clean as those rinsed in warm water. So remember to wash your clothes in cold water whenever possible. Save by reducing the wash temperature: a wash cycle at 40°C consumes 25% less energy than a cycle at 60°C.
While not necessarily used every day, the oven remains a significant source of energy. As a matter of fact, there are phantom loads on devices. For example, the clock on the oven represents a nonessential load that can therefore be turned off when not in use.
Our faithful ally of everyday life, the television waiting for the signal of the remote control is an unnecessary expenditure of energy. To avoid this, it is recommended to unplug the unit when not in use.
A hot/cold water dispenser consumes four times more electricity to heat the water than to cool it. The water heater represents approximately 18% of the energy used at home. Therefore, if you don’t use the machine’s “hot water” feature on a regular basis, you should turn off the switch that controls the heating element to reduce your electricity bill.
To find out about your daily energy consumption, you can use this online calculator to get an accurate estimate. By doing so, so you can keep an eye on your consumption and find solutions for every unnecessary expense!