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How Much Electricity Powers the Average Home?

Do you know how much electricity your home uses? According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average household uses more than 10,000 Kilowatt-hours (kWh) each year. The energy your home consumes depends on the size of your home, the number of people living in the house, if you have a pool, the type of appliances you use, and other factors.

The Variables of Electricity Use

The bigger your home is, the more energy it requires to heat or cool your home. Using smart devices, such as a smart thermostat, is essential for reducing energy consumption.

Naturally, the more people that live in a home, the more energy is used. On average, one person uses 909 kWh per month. If you have at least two people living in the home, that equals 1,818 kWh per month. The average American household contains four people, which equals 3,636 kWh per month or 43,632 kWh per year.

If you have added features in your home, like a backyard pool, then you will spend $23 or more each week on electrical power. An average-sized pool is 600 square feet and uses between 2,000 to 3,000 kWh of electricity each year. If you have a heated pool, it will consume more power and cost more money.

Finally, the type of appliances you use determines how much overall electricity is consumed. An electric range burner and refrigerator uses 1,000 watts of electricity per hour. Water heaters and clothes dryers use 4,000 watts of electricity per hour. Central air conditioners and heat pumps consume 15,000 watts of electricity per hour.

Know How Much Energy You Use

If your electric bill is high, you should consider investing in ENERGY STAR energy efficient appliances. Knowing how much electricity each appliance uses and how much electricity you use daily helps you understand where you can make changes to decrease your expenses. Using power strips and ENERGY STAR appliances can help reduce your energy bills by hundreds of dollars each year.

Do you need residential electrical service Burkittsville? At Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling, we dedicate ourselves to providing you with the best customer service and residential solutions. Contact us today to learn more about energy conservation and other residential electrical services we offer.

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