What Appliances Use the Most Electricity?

The average person uses electricity every day, but we never really think about what appliances use the most electricity. Since your electric bill probably isn’t itemized, most people have no idea what the true cost is of operating appliances around the home. Our team at Rytec Electric did a little digging, and we’re here to tell you about the biggest electrical users in your home.

What Appliances Use the Most Electricity?

When an appliance is plugged into the wall, it just takes as much electricity as it needs, whenever it needs it – your fridge isn’t asking for permission to use power every day. Since this is how it works, how are you supposed to know how much power your fridge is using each year? After all, electricity isn’t free.

Well, that’s where this data from Visual Capitalist comes in. They rounded up the biggest users and we’ll break it down to tell you the appliance, how much it costs you a year, and what percentage of electricity it uses.

Heating and Cooling

Average annual cost per household: $1,056
Percentage of total electricity: 47%

Lighting

Average annual cost per household: $28
Percentage of total electricity: 12%

TV/Cable

Average annual cost per household: $57
Percentage of total electricity: 3%

Water Heater

Average annual cost per household: $317
Percentage of total electricity: 14%

Refrigerator

Average annual cost per household: $95
Percentage of total electricity: 4%

Dishwasher

Average annual cost per household: $49
Percentage of total electricity: 2%

Washer/Dryer

Average annual cost per household: $143
Percentage of total electricity: 13%

Electric Oven

Average annual cost per household: $90
Percentage of total electricity: 3-4%

Computers

Average annual cost per household: $28
Percentage of total electricity: 1%

What Are Vampire Appliances?

That’s not all. You also have vampire appliances lingering in your home. What are those? A vampire appliance will use electricity even when you think they’re turned off or not running.
Some examples you might find around the home are:

  • Printers
  • DVD/Blu-Ray players
  • Routers/Modems
  • Landline Phones
  • Chargers
  • Coffee makers
  • Anything with a digital clock or standby light
  • TVs
  • Video Game Consoles
  • Microwaves
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How Do You Stop Vampire Appliances?

If you’re tired of appliances sucking your electricity every month, we have some good news: there are a few ways to stop these pesky vampire appliances.

Unplug the Devices

The simple answer is to unplug your devices when they’re not in use. For example, you would plug in your coffee maker to get a cup of delicious coffee, then immediately unplug it until you need to refuel later. If you have multiple devices in a small area, consider using a strip.

Use a Power Strip or Surge Protector

A quick and easy way to maintain a group of these appliances is with a power strip or surge protector. They offer multiple outlets for you to plug a number of vampire appliances into. Your TV, gaming console, DVD player, and charger can all go into a single surge protector.

More importantly, most of these strips have an on/off switch. When you’re not using the devices, turn the switch off to officially power-down every appliance plugged into the strip. It saves more time than manually unplugging each appliance from wall outlets, and it guarantees that they can’t steal electricity.

Use Eco-friendly Options

The “ENERGY STAR” rating for devices tells you how much electricity they siphon when they’re not in use. Using appliances with higher ratings means the device is more eco-friendly. This means it uses less electricity and has a lower standby consumption rate.

What’s Next?

Knowing the appliances that use the most electricity is a good way to better understand your monthly electric bill. Additionally, taking care of vampire appliances will lower how much money you pay each month. If you want to learn more about this concept, upgrade your electrical devices, schedule a home electrical repair, or just talk to a professional electrician, you can call or email Rytec at any time.

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