Most of our houses are filled with electrical gadgets, but many of us are unaware of how much power a house consumes every day and how this affects our energy costs. Despite the fact that our domestic appliances are getting more energy efficient, the average cost of energy appears to be growing all the time. There are several factors that can affect the amount of electricity that a house uses each day, such as how many people live there, what type of house it is, and whether it is occupied or not.
In general, a house uses about 0.5 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per day for basic lighting and heating. The amount of electricity used by your house depends on the number of people who live there, as well as other factors such as the weather. For example, if you have a large family and you live in an area that experiences many cold winters, you'll need to buy more energy-efficient heaters and appliances. We'll discuss other factors affecting the amount of electricity used by your house later in this article.
According to the US Department of Energy, the average American home spends around $1,900 per year on energy bills. According to the DOE, equipment that are plugged in 24 hours a day consume between 5% and 10% of your domestic power. That's between half a billion dollars and $100 million worth of electricity every year!
Here are some other examples of useless electrical devices: coffee makers, hair dryers, heat pads, irons, kettles, hot plates, microwave ovens, refrigerators, air conditioners, lights, and televisions. All these items are plugged in when they aren't being used!
In conclusion, everything from appliances to light bulbs are plugged in when not in use, which means they are wasting energy.
These appliances and technological equipment offer us with contemporary comforts, but they also waste energy and cost money. According to the US Department of Energy, 75% of the electricity needed to power household devices and appliances is used while the goods are switched off. This amount decreases to about 50% if standby power consumption is taken into account.
Standby power is the minimum electrical load that an electronic device will continue to consume power even when not connected to a power source. Standby power is necessary to maintain hardware components such as memory cells, optical drives, and other circuitry powered by batteries or power supplies. Standby power is different from idle power which is only consumed when there is no activity on the part of the user. For example, your computer's monitor goes black after a period of inactivity; this is because it is using up some power maintaining the screen in an on state. In contrast, power-saving features like sleep mode shut down all non-essential parts of the system so it can save energy. When you return to your computer, it will first wake up automatically and check for messages or other tasks that need to be done before it turns on the display screen again.
There are two types of standby modes: active and inactive. Devices in active standby use less energy than those in inactive standby but still emit some light.
The $2000 average gas and electric bill is likely to be unsatisfactory. What you actually want to know is how your utility expenses compare to your neighbors'. The Department of Energy can also be of assistance in this regard. They collected energy use data from 9,000 residences around the country and entered it into the Building Performance Database. From there, they were able to generate a report on how your utility bills stack up against those of your peers.
They found that the national average residential electricity usage is 1,872 kWh per month, which works out to about $120 per month. For natural gas, they estimated that people use about 13 billion cubic feet (gcf) of gas per month, which comes out to about $180 per month. Of course, these numbers are national averages and don't account for large geographic differences in cost across the country. But they do give us an idea of what to expect from our utilities.
It's also important to remember that these numbers don't include other costs associated with running a household. Such as heat or air conditioning during hot summer days or in cold winter months. Or appliances like microwaves or dishwashers that use electricity too. These are all factors that go into how much money you're spending on your utility bills each month. And because gas prices are volatile by nature of their source (oil prices affect both natural gas and gasoline), we should expect some fluctuation in annual utility costs as well.