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The True Cost of Running Common Household Appliances

Updated: May 20

Are you concerned about the increasing cost of electricity bills? Do you want to know how much energy your household appliances are using up? Well, you're not alone. With energy prices on the rise, many people are becoming more mindful of their energy usage and are looking for ways to reduce their bills.

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Luckily, has compiled a rough estimate of the average monthly cost for 20 common household items. Based on an average cost of $0.18 per kilowatt hour (kWh), their breakdown offers a helpful insight into the amount of energy your devices and appliances are consuming.

At the top of the list, air conditioning units are by far the most expensive appliances, with an average cost of $88.56 per month if used for 8 hours a day. Following that, electric heaters, dryers, washing machines, refrigerators, and dishwashers typically cost below $10 per month.

Here's A List:

Air Conditioner (8 Hours a Day) // $88.56

Electric Heater (2 Hours a day) // $10.80

Dryer // $8.64

Washing Machine // $6.48

Refrigerator // $6.12

Dishwasher // $4.86

Electric Kettle // $4.32

Video Game Console // $3.89

Electric Stove // $2.94-$3.36

43" LED Television (5 Hours a Day) // $1.93

Coffeemaker // $1.66

Incandescent Light Bulb // $1.30

Laptop (5 Hours a Day ) // $1.22

Vacuum Cleaner // $0.97

Microwave // $0.86

Electric Lawnmower // $0.69

Toaster Oven // $0.62

Hair Straightener // $0.39

Hair Dryer // $0.31

LED Light Bulb // $0.29

If you want to lower your energy bills, there are several simple steps you can take. The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) suggests starting by ensuring your windows and seals are in good working condition, as this can reduce your heating and cooling costs.

Lowering the temperature of your water heater from 140 to 120 degrees can also save you money, as can unplugging devices that are not in use to avoid "vampire" drains.

In addition, choosing sleep mode on devices that aren't being actively used can help reduce your energy consumption. By doing so, you can save money and reduce your environmental impact without sacrificing your comfort or convenience.

Ultimately, becoming more aware of the energy usage of your household appliances and making simple changes to your energy consumption can make a big difference to your monthly utility bills. So why not take action today and start saving money and energy at home?

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