Chances are high that you already know how much energy you are using because this information is included on your monthly energy bill. By checking your energy usage and comparing it to the average amount used by others around the country, you can pinpoint what is causing you to use more than most other people. You can reduce your energy consumption and decrease your utility bills.
What Are the Averages?
The average energy use statistics according to home size are:
- Those living in 2,000-square-foot homes use an average of 11,604 kWh annually.
- Homeowners with 2,500-square-foot homes consume an average of 12,271 kWh each year.
- Homes that are 3,000 square feet or more use an average of 14,210 kWh of energy per year.
Comparing and Making Changes
Now, if you compare your home against the averages and find that you are using much more energy, you will need to identify your energy hogs and make necessary alterations. Some changes you can make are:
- Swap out all your appliances for those that are more energy efficient. To make sure your appliances are truly energy efficient, only purchase those that have the Energy Star seal.
- Automate your home by using smart devices. Smart devices will allow you to monitor your energy consumption, and they will also turn off after specified times so energy is not used unnecessarily.
- Add more insulation if needed.
- Keep your HVAC system clean.
- Have your home’s electric system inspected. An electrician may make upgrades that can help you save energy.
- Unplug all devices and appliances that you are not using.
- Make a conscious effort not to waste energy.
- Seal up any air leaks. If you do not have any seals on your doors and windows, add them because they will keep cold air out in the winter and warm air out in the summer.
- Put up high-quality blinds or curtains in your windows to keep the sun from shining into your home and causing your air conditioning unit to work harder to keep you house cool.
In addition to following the above tips, you must consult with an electrician. When you consult with an electrician, you will receive recommendations about how to conserve energy. Your electrician may recommend that you rewire your home for better efficiency, install solar panels, or create a plan for prioritizing your energy consumption.
If you are finding that your energy usage is well above average and you are tired of high utility bills, contact Circuit Doctor for help. We will collaborate with you to determine where your energy hogs are, and we will help you to come up with a plan to minimize energy consumption.