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What is the average home power usage?

The total electricity consumption of households varies based on numerous internal and external factors. But on average, most homeowners spend around 887 kilowatt-hours a month, or roughly 30 kilowatt-hours a day.

A kilowatt costs $0.081, so the monthly electricity bill of households is usually about $72. Listed below are some of the most used appliances in the house and how much energy they consume.

  • Television: 27 kWh/ mos.
  • Microwave: 16 kWh/ mos.
  • Refrigerator (20 cubic feet): 205 kWh/ mos.
  • Oven Range: 58 kWh/ mos.
  • Washing Machine: 9 kWh/ mos.
  • Dryer: 75 kWh/ mos.
  • Water Heater: 310 kWh/ mos.
  • Lighting (4-5 rooms): 50 kWh/ mos.
  • Dishwashers

8 Factors that influence the cost of electricity

  1. Maintenance and operation costs of power plants.
  2. Generated electricity has to be delivered, and transportation relies on fuels. So, if the price of fuel increases, the cost incurred in procuring electricity also rises, thus resulting in a higher market price.
  3. During summer, electricity bills tend to go up as more people use an air conditioner, for instance. And as the demand increases, so is the price.
  4. National and local regulations.
  5. Rain, snow, and wind aid in leveling down the electrical cost by forming green energy.
  6. Distribution and transmission costs.
  7. Residential and commercial consumers pay more than industrial ones.
  8. Location.

Computing for the electricity usage and cost

  1. Look at how much watts does your appliances consume per day. You can do this by simply multiplying the watt usage of the device by the number of usage hours.
  2. Divide the product by 1,000, and you would get the total kWh/ day.
  3. To get monthly consumption, multiple the results by 30. (kWh/ mos.)
  4. Then, multiply this again by the cost of electricity per kWh in your location.

How to save energy?

  • Ensure your home is draught-proof.
  • Turn off your devices and appliances when you are not using them.
  • Unplug charging cables and appliances when not in use.
  • Choose LED light bulbs.
  • Instead of using your home dryer, try drying your clothes outside, especially during summer. 
  • Moderate your usage of the HVAC. This is crucial because heating and cooling systems incur big bills.
  • Try cold water sometimes, instead of heating them first.
  • Seal any leaks where liquid and moisture can seep in.
  • Invest in energy-efficient devices and appliances.
  • Install an insulation system --- to your walls, roof, and attic.
  • Good lifestyle and habits.

(Bonus) Types of alternative energy sources

  1. Solar Energy: This is probably the most known and used alternative energy at this time. Installing solar energy panels and the system together cost around $15,000 to $20,000.
  2. Wind Energy: One of the most accessible and cleanest alternative sources of energy. Wind power does not emit carbon. Homeowners pay between $15,000 - $75,000 for wind turbine installation that can supply 5 to 15 kW a month.
  3. Hydrogen Gas
  4. Hydroelectric
  5. Geothermal
  6. Ocean: This can generate two types of energy, thermal and mechanical -- an ideal addition for people near coasts.
  7. Biomass
  8. Biofuels
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