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Electricity Costs

Electricity Costs

Every time you flick a switch and the electricity starts flowing, it costs you money. You know that, but do you know how much it costs? Here is a simple chart that provides estimated energy costs for various items in your house. You can use this to determine the most efficient way to use electricity. Even though some of the savings might appear minimal, they can add up.











Central air (3-ton – 12 SEER)


As shown below, use whole house fans or ceiling fans to minimize use of the central air system

Whole house fan

$0.03 – $0.05/hour


Ceiling fan













$0.01/5 minutes

You can save energy by using a microwave as opposed to a standard oven

Coffee maker

$0.01/brew and $0.04/hour with warmer


Dishwasher – normal cycle and no hot water

$0.11 – $0.24/load


Dishwasher – energy saver cycle


Note the energy savings compared to normal cycling

Refrigerators – older units

$9.90 – $16.50/month


Energy Star refrigerators

$3.80 – $6.60/month

Newer units are much more energy efficient







40” or bigger plasma TVs

$0.04 – $0.05/hour


40” or bigger LCD TVs

Less than $0.01/hour





Desktop computer

$0.01 – $0.03/hour


Desktop computer on sleep/standby  mode

Less than $0.01/hour

When not using a desktop computer, make sure it is in sleep/standby mode


Less than $0.01/hour








Incandescent bulbs (40-150 W)

Less than $0.01 – $0.02/hour


Compact fluorescent (CFL) equivalent to incandescent

Less than $0.01/hour

Try using CFLs

Halogen (300 W)






Warm wash, cold rinse



Hot wash, warm rinse


Try using warm wash, cold rinse







Hair dryer



Curling iron



Whirlpool tub






Swimming Pool



Sweep pump (3/4 hp)



Filter pump (2 hp)






Spa/Hot Tub



Electric heater (1500 W)



Electric heater (5500W)



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