Measuring Your Energy Consumption
Knowing which of your appliances consumes the most energy can make a change in the way you use appliances around your home. It can also be a major factor in the buying process when you need to purchase new items. When your energy invoice arrives, it tells you how much you have to pay and how much energy you have used, but do you really know what you’re being charged for? You may think that a TV consumes less energy than a kettle, or a coffee machine uses less energy than a clothes washer, but in fact it’s the opposite. Being aware of how much energy you use is a great way to lower your energy cost as well as your environmental impact.
A good way to calculate your energy consumption is by knowing how many watts each appliance is consuming. It is then possible to measure approximately how much each appliance costs by calculating the hours used against your energy rates. There are many online applications to help you easily measure your energy consumption. Here is a user-friendly Interactive Energy Board made by General Electric that measures the use of each home appliance by watts, kilowatts hour, $US dollars cost ) and gallons of gas (1 gallon = 3.8 litres). It also has information to help you understand the terms used in your electricity bill.
If you want to know more accurately how much each of your appliances are costing you and how much they are consuming in real time, then using an Energy Saving Monitor can help. It can tell you how much electricity a device is using in real time, as well as how much electricity it is taking when it is on the “sleep mode” or standby. Also, an energy monitor shows how much electricity has been used in the month so far, as well as how much a specific device costs. Knowing the precise consumption of every electrical product you own is a great way to become more aware of your energy consumption.
When you are buying new appliances, always look for the Energy Star label. The Energy Star Rating is an international standard for energy efficient products. The more stars on the sticker, the more energy efficient the product is. Check out the Government Energy Star rating website for more information on the rating system.
At Lumo Energy, being aware of your energy consumption is something we strongly support. Knowing more about your appliances and their energy consumption will give you the power to use energy more efficiently.