How can I tell how much electricity I use each day?
Every appliance or electronic device you use is reflected in your monthly energy bill. But, some of those devices are costing you more than others. Do you know which ones? Below, we’ll tell you how to determine and control the energy hogs in your home; just follow these four easy steps:
- Calculate the watts each device uses per day
- Convert watts to kilowatts. (1 watt=0.001 kilowatts)
- Determine the kilowatts an appliance uses per month
- Figure out the cost. (Some multiplication required.)
Why go through the effort? Because, by figuring out the biggest energy hogs in your home, you can adjust your usage – and lower your bill – by unplugging or simply using those devices less. Remember: Even small adjustments can help whittle down your energy expenses.
Calculating the energy cost of a specific device is fairly simple. You only need two numbers to get started: the device’s wattage and the number of hours you use it per day (this can be an estimate or you can keep a log).