Here's an article from MSNBC that suggests how we can save money by keeping summer energy bills in check. The piece offers several tips including the following:
- Clean or replace filters on air conditioners
- Turn down the temperature setting on your water heater to 120 degrees
- Use the energy-saving settings on refrigerators, dishwashers, and clothes washers and dryers
- Install a programmable thermostat so energy isn't wasted when you're not home
- Use cold water rather than hot to wash clothes
- Substitute compact fluorescent bulbs for incandescents
I've probably covered all of these ideas in one post or another, but it's good to be reminded of them -- especially as we enter the hot, summer season.
But what I found even more interesting in this piece was a breakdown of how much the average American spends annually on different forms of energy. The article has a graph that indicates the average American spends $2,173 on energy costs every year with the breakdown as follows:
- Heating -- 39.1% -- $849
- Appliances -- 25.4% -- $553
- Water heating -- 13.9% -- $302
- Cooling -- 12.5% -- $271
- Lighting -- 9.1% -- $198
There are some REALLY interesting discoveries here for me. I would have thought cooling was much higher (certainly above water heating -- who knew we paid so much just for that?) and I NEVER would have guessed that appliances were so high. Gives new meaning to "wash only full loads" and "keep your refrigerator coils clean," doesn't it?
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