Here's a table showing what it costs to run common household appliances. Costs are based on 17.2 cents per kilowatt-hour electric rate. To see my blog on electricity costs for appliances, click here. Let me know by entering a comment below if you'd like to see what it costs to operate other items. Device Watts Day Week Month Appliances Refrigerator: 16 Cubic Feet 138 43 cts $3.
06 $13.12 Air Conditioner: 6500 Btu 390 44 cts $3.09 $13.24 Coffee Maker 1 835 1 ct 7 cts 31 cts Slow Cooker: 8 hours 300 20 cts $1.40 $6.00 Washing Machine: Agitation2 450 2 cts 14 cts 62 cts Washing Machine: Front load HE2 225 1 ct 7 cts 32 cts Gas Clothes Dryer: 40 min. load 25 cts $1.76 $7.55 Electric Dryer: 40 min. load 5000 57 cts $3.
96 $16.98 Vacuum Cleaner: 4 rooms9 1260 7 cts 28 cts Hair dryer: 6 min. a day 1320 2 cts 14 cts 56 cts Oil filled radiator: 8 hours 1500 44 cts $3.09 $13.24 Lighting 60-Watt Light Bulb 55 22 cts $1.56 $6.81 60-Watt Light Bulb3 57 19 cts $1.41 $6.19 Fluorescent Bulb4 14 5 cts 37cts $1.60 High-Intensity Light 26 10 cts 72 cts $3.
21 Christmas Lights LED Mini-140 lights7 7.2 1 ct 7 cts 28 cts Mini-150 per string8 57 7.6 cts 54 cts $2.15 Medium-25 per string8 112 14 cts $1 $4 Window candles-each8 5 0.7 cts 4.6 cts 18 cts Television 25-Inch Tube TV5 80 28 cts $2.02 $8.60 Home Theater/DVD 48 19 cts $1.38 $5.94 Computers Modem & router always on.
14 5 cts 40 cts $1.73 Laptop Workstation: MacBook, light and printer turned on. 70 27 cts $1.93 $8.42 Laptop Workstation: MacBook turned off, charger plugged in. 1 -- 2 cts 12 cts Full Desktop Computer6 75 31 cts $2.22 $9.53 2One load per day. HE refers to front loading high efficiency 3Different bulbs have different ratings. 4Equivalent to 60-watt incandescent bulb.
5Twenty-four hours a day of operation 6iMac computer, printer, external hard drive, modem, router. 72 strings of 70 lights each for 8 hours. 8Burning 8 hours a day. 9Based on usage once a week.See Also: First Step To Recovery
An appliance is among the most important investments you will ever make. Appliances are generally significant buys, and they are one of the most critical areas of your own home. You depend on appliances for anything from cooking to cleaning, and especially considering the amount of income you can be placing forth for it, it only makes sense that you would want to you should definitely take advantage of wise buy.
Household appliances is actually a time period that's employed extremely commonly currently but what does it stand for? Property appliances stand with the mechanical and electrical products and solutions that are applied in your house for the performing of a usual residence.
Rebates & Tax Creditsfor U.S. consumers Incentives for installing insulation and for buying energy-efficient appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, and air conditioners are often available from local and state governments and utilities. You can see what's available at DSIRE, Energy.gov, and Energy Star. Welcome students from:* South Adams M.S. (Berne, IN) Related sites: Home Power Magazine.
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(visit now) Last update: February 2015 Gas is almost always cheaper than electricity. Your situation might be different depending upon local and current prices, though. To do an accurate comparison, you'll need to check your bills to find the rates for electric and gas that you're paying to your particular providers. There's no way around this; you can't get meaningful results if you skip that step.
Also, if you don't already have gas service, then signing up for it means that you'll pay ~$12/mo. or so to the gas company for the privilege of being their customer. You're also looking at the cost of having the gas lines run if your home doesn't already have them. These things can quickly erase the savings of gas appliances over electric in many to most situations.While gas is generally cheaper, it does have a couple of downsides.
With gas your house is more likely to explode. And the byproducts of gas combustion from ovens and heating are unhealthy to breathe, and can actually kill pet birds. For these reasons, I use electric instead of gas in my own home. Of course, my energy use is so small that the extra cost of electricity is minimal for me. Likewise, I hope to help my readers reduce their energy consumption so that the difference between electric and gas costs for them is insignificant.
Case A Case B Your machines Washer Type % of washes in Hot/Warm/Cold ? "Cold" wash temp ? Incoming water temp. (see map) Water heater type Dryer Type Utility rates Cost of electricity (per kWh) Cost of gas ($/therm) Cost of water ($/1000 gallons) Cost of Detergent make your own for 2¢/load Loads per week Cost per load, washer Cost per load, dryer Total cost per load $ $ Cost per month $ $ Cost per year $ $ Google picks the ads, not me.
I don't endorse the advertisers.Some assumptions: 106°F hot, 88°F warm, regulated by washer.Washers are U.S. style (w/both hot & cold supply lines). See other assumptions & sources. Electric vs. gas ovens/stoves See the calculator above. More info is available in full report on energy used by cooking. Electric vs. gas clothes dryers See the calculator at right. More info is available in my full report on energy used by clothes dryers.
Electric vs. gas heat I don't have comparison tables for electric vs. gas heat specifically yet, but I do have quite a bit of info about saving energy on heating. Chart from DoE. Divide price by 10 to get price per therm or per CCF. Cost of Natural Gas Natural gas prices are all over the map, literaly. First of all, prices vary greatly by region. The price in Florida is double the price in California.
Prices have also jumped wildly in short periods of time. The average U.S. price doubled from 2005 to 2008, and then fell by half from 2008 to 2011. (The chart at right shows prices for the last few decades.) Still, even when gas prices are at their highest, it's generally cheaper to run appliances on natural gas instead of electricity.The national average price of residential gas was $1.29/Ccf in 2014.
(source) (Ccf and therms are roughly the same, more on this later.) But average prices are useless for calculating your own costs and savings potential since costs vary widely by area and because they can change quickly. That goes for state-by-state averages too, because the price from your own provider likely differs at least somewhat from the state average. (prices by state)On this site I have to use something for calculations and defaults, so I often use $1.
30/therm or Ccf, which is close to the 2014 average. Natural gas is measured in Ccf or therms. For calculation purposes, they're essentially the same (1 ccf = 1 therm). There's no direct conversion because ccf measures the volume of gas, while therms measures the energy in the gas, and the amount of energy varies by the quality of gas. It's like trying to state how many calories are in a loaf of bread—it depends on the bread.
In the U.S. in 2013, the average was 1 therm = 1.025 ccf. (source) That's so close that for most purposes, therms and ccf are essentially interchangeable. Based on the above: Ccf = hundred cubic feet. The "C" is roman for one hundred. Ccf ÷ 1.025 = therms. Mcf = thousand cubic feet. The "M" is roman for one thousand, not an abbreviation for million. Mcf ÷ 10 = Ccf. Mcf ÷ 10.25 = therms.
Therm = 100,000 Btu. therms x 1.025 = ccf. therms ÷ 100,000 = Btu. Btu = British thermal unit. Btus x 100,000 = therms. Some gas bills measure the gas in cubic meters instead of therms. One therm is 2.75 cubic meters, and 1 cubic meter is 0.36 therms. Cost of Electricity The average cost of residential electricity was 13¢/kWh in the U.S. in 2014, though as I explain elsewhere, average rates are all but useless for figuring how much you pay for electricity.
The average U.S. household used 909 kWh/mo. in 2013 and would pay $118.17 for it at the 13¢/kWh average rate. (Dept. of Energy) Like gas, the cost of electricity varies by location. Don't assume the state rates are accurate for you, because rates vary even within a state. I have more info about electric costs on our cost of electricity page. Appliance Therms kWhper hour Furnace pilot light 7.
3/mo. n/a Water Heater pilot light 3.3-4.2/mo. n/a Range pilot light 2.6/mo. n/a Range burner, small 0.05/hr. 0.6 Range burner, large 0.09/hr. 1.0 Oven 0.25/hr. 2.0 Clothes Dryer 0.19-0.35/hr. 5.0 Furnace & water heater pilots from Murphy and from the discussion on this page.Others from: Wisconsin Public Service, Okaloosa Gas,Sears catalog, and my laundry calculations page.
1 therm = 100,000 BTU = 1.023 Ccf Comparing the operating cost of electric vs. gas appliances Above I provide calculators for comparing the cost of gas and electric appliances. For those who prefer to crunch the numbers themselves, here's what you'll need to know: The price of electricity in kWh. The amount of electricity used in kWh. The price of gas in therms. The amount of gas used in therms.
#1 and #3 are easy to find, just look at your bill. For electricity, make sure you add all the kWh costs for electricity, since some utility companies have separate charges for delivery and fuel. (More on electrical charges.) #2 is also pretty easy, using the tables and methods described on this site. For starters, here's our page of electricity used by typical appliances, and how to measure electrical use.
#4 is usually the hardest, because the amount of gas used by appliances for a given task or amount of time is usually not so easy to find. But I'll make it easy by listing those figures for you now, and throw in the electric version for comparison, in the table at right. Gas used by the pilot light The gas used by pilot lights is substantial. At $1.40/therm, you're looking at $183/yr. to run the pilots in a furnace and a water heater, not even counting a stove.
Pilots could easily account for over 70% of summer gas usage, and 40% of total usage. (Murphy) If your furnace has a pilot, turn it off during the non-heating months. (You can't just blow it out, because gas will still flow, and soon your house will blow up.) For your stove, turn off the burner pilots and use a click-lighter to light them. And the next time you replace your appliances, get the ones that have electric ignition.
In the winter, the energy from the pilot lights isn't wasted since it adds heat to your home. But when you're not running a heater, then pilot lights are 100% wasteful. While Murphy's pilot light article gives 3.3 therms/mo. for a water heater pilot light, his water heating page suggests 4.2 therms, as follows: 510 Btu per meter revolution, with ten revolutions in 11.2 hours. That's one revolution every 10÷11.
2 = 0.893h. At 30.4375 days in a month times 24 hours/d, that's 730.5 h/mo. So 730.5 h/mo. ÷ 0.893 h/rev = 818 revs/mo. That's 818 revs./mo. x 510 Btu/rev = 417,180 Btu/mo.. At 1 therm = 100,000 BTU, 417,180 Btu ÷ 100,000 = 4.17 therms.