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How much electricity do you use each month?  Below are examples of how much electricity costs for common appliances.  You may use more or less electricity, depending on how efficient your appliances are and how well-insulated your home is, the number of people in your home, and your lifestyle.

The top energy-users in your home, by far, are air conditioning and heating, your water heater and refrigerator.

Appliance Average Wattage Estimated $ Usage
Air Conditioning

Window



(12,000 BTU - 1 ton)

2,000 17¢/hour

Central



(3-ton)

6,000 50¢/hour
Heating

Heat pump



(3-ton, 8 hrs./day)

1,500 1.2/day

Water heater

2,500 - 4,500 $1.11/day
Refrigerator/Freezer

Frost free

600 48¢/per day

Manual defrost

300 18¢/per day

Frostless freezer

450 52¢/day
Oven

Self-cleaning

4,000 84¢/clean

Standard

3,200 27¢/hour

Microwave oven

1,500 15¢/hour

Clothes dryer

5,000 30¢/load
Other

Washing machine

500 - 700 4¢/load

Dishwasher

1,200 8¢/load

Television (Color, 6 hrs./day)

145 $2.70/month

Hair dryer

1,000 8¢/hour

Hand iron

1000 - 2000 10¢/hour

Coffee maker

600 - 900 3¢/brew

Vacuum cleaner

650 6¢/hour

Lighting (Average household)


20¢/day

Electric frying pan

1,200 l0¢/houf

Water bed

700 $7/month