Let’s take a look at a slightly smaller portion of the residential energy circle: big appliances. Refrigerators, washing/drying machines, dishwashers – how do they all stack up, in energy cost and consumption?
While there is always some variation in the type of products you’re comparing, here is a good list to consult when thinking about the cost to power your in-home and in-office appliances: https://www.siliconvalleypower.com/residents/save-energy/appliance-energy-use-chart. Some quick calculations will show you how much energy is used in each row / year and had some interesting revelations.
Here’s the link to the Energy.gov energy calculator also, if you prefer to do your own energy consumption analysis.
Some of the high consumption levels on this list aren’t surprising of course, but the good news is that a lot of this technology is improving drastically, and quickly; and with the general push towards energy efficiency, there may even be a rebate in your area for upgrading to Energy Star certified appliances!
To learn why, feel free to check out their information at the following links:
- Clothing dryers: https://www.energystar.gov/products/appliances/clothes_dryers
- Dishwashers: https://www.energystar.gov/products/appliances/dishwashers
- Refrigerators: https://www.energystar.gov/products/appliances/refrigerators
- Washing machines [clothing]: https://www.energystar.gov/products/appliances/clothes_washers
Even if you reasonably do not wish to replace all of your appliances at once for energy star certified appliances, there are plenty of energy saving tips to help you cut down on the amount of power these same appliances consume.
How do you ensure your current appliances are used as efficiently as possible? Please check out the following article, here, which provides insight into how to get a better estimate of the current energy consumption of your fridge (and is applicable to other large appliances as well), and ways to improve upon your energy consumption without spending a dime – and don’t forget, air-drying is free!
Like all things related to energy efficiency, the annoying answer time and time-again is that your energy consumption truly depends on the age of the equipment you are using, the way in which you/your family is using said equipment (are you unplugging your laptop every time you’re not using it?), and can also depend upon your local utility rates. For this reason, and because you want to make savvy financial decisions and cut waste, it’s important to have a good understanding of how you ‘consume’ energy and how you can mitigate that consumption. Mitigation is also the cheapest way to save money on energy costs, so before you even consider buying solar panels, we recommend exploring what you’re currently doing to power your home or business, and all of the equipment within it, and work to reduce your energy consumption first, then get solar panels to offset your carbon footprint further. As always, if you have questions on this, please give us a call today!