Appliances account for about 13% of your household's energy costs, with refrigeration, cooking, and laundry at the top of the list. Learn about:
Shopping for Appliances
Purchase the most energy-efficient appliances.
Use your dishwasher, refrigerator, and other common kitchen appliances efficiently.
Use your washer and dryer efficiently.
Learn about appliances that can automatically shift your use to off-peak hours, saving you money.
Home Office and Electronics
Select energy-efficient electronics and use them efficiently.
What's a Kilowatt?
When you use electricity to power a 1000-watt vacuum for 1 hour, you use 1,000 watt-hours (1,000 Wh) of electricity! One thousand watt-hours equals 1 kWh. Your utility bill usually shows what you are charged for the kilowatt-hours you use. The average residential rate is 11.88 cents/kWh. A typical U.S. household consumes about 11,280 kWh per year, costing an average of $1,340 annually.