We rely on electricity for nearly everything we do. From laundry and dishes to entertainment and safety, electricity permeates every aspect of our daily lives. But while homeowners appreciate the importance of functioning electricity, few understand how their energy consumption behaviors impact their monthly expenses. By taking time to understand how to measure their electricity usage, homeowners can achieve greater cost savings on their monthly energy expenses.
Learning how to measure your household energy usage is simple and requires only a basic mathematic equation to calculate. These calculations can then be used to estimate your next energy bill so you never have sticker shock when it comes to your electricity expenses.
If you find that you’re spending too much on energy, you can always call the knowledgeable electricians at Lon Lockwood Electric at 585-766-4702 to find out more about reducing your monthly expenses.
How to Measure Your Household Energy Usage
Energy is measured by kilowatts, commonly seen as the abbreviation “kW.” Many household appliances and electric devices have their wattage listed conveniently on their label. To calculate the kilowatts used by your appliances, simply divide the listed wattage by 1,000 (this is the number of watts in a kilowatt).
Electricity companies charge homeowners based on how much electricity is used per kilowatt hour. This simply means that energy expenses are measured by the number of kilowatts homeowners use in a given amount of time. For instance, if a 100-watt lightbulb uses 0.1 kilowatts every hour, then it would take 10 hours for your light to consume one kilowatt hour of energy. If, for example, your energy company charges $0.10 per kilowatt hour, you would be charged $0.10 for every 10 hours your light is in use.
This may not seem like much, but these small expenses can add up quickly — especially when using appliances that have higher wattage. For example, central air conditioning uses an estimated 1,200 watts, which equals 1.2 kilowatts used every hour. That means for an entire day of use, it costs you $2.88 to run your central A/C. It also means that your air conditioner alone accounts for approximately $86.40 of your total monthly energy expenses.
Using a Smart Meter to Predict Energy Expenses
One way homeowners can keep better track of their energy consumption is through smart meters. These devices are installed outside of your home and are used to measure your electricity use and communicate with your utility company. The meter displays up-to-date information about your energy use behaviors, allowing you to better manage and control your electricity use and calculate your expenses ahead of receiving your bill.
Homeowners can also achieve greater cost savings on energy expenses by updating their electrical panels. An outdated electrical panel — especially in homes older than 20 years —works harder than necessary to power all your electrical devices, costing you more on your monthly energy expenses. By upgrading your electrical panel, you can achieve greater cost savings while also enhancing safety and electrical performance in your home.
Lon Lockwood Electric Services for Your Electricity Needs
If you’re looking to improve your electricity usage behaviors, the best way to start saving is by seeking help from an expert electrician. Lon Lockwood Electric is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your current energy use and ways you can achieve greater savings. Our team also offers exceptional electric services to help improve all aspects of your home, including safety, performance, and reliability.
Call us at 585-766-4702 to learn more about your energy savings potential today!