Homeowners are always looking for ways how they can get the best out of the appliances that are added to their household. Buying the best types of appliances does not necessarily mean buying the cheapest– oftentimes it means buying the item that has all the features you truly need at a price that matches its capacity. Cheap appliances that consume high electricity are not the most cost-effective option either, nor is buying an expensive appliance with energy-saving features that do not have all the features you are looking for.
When it comes to shopping for appliances at home, it is best to take into account all the factors you are searching for while not breaking the bank. Avoiding high electricity-consuming appliances is also ideal, especially for your finances in the long run. In this article, we will feature 10 of the most power-demanding home appliances.
10 Things That Consume the Highest Electricity at Home
1. Television Set & Other Media Equipment
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According to perchenergy.com, a television set and other media equipment like speakers, game consoles and CD players account for 2% of an average home’s entire electrical expense.
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While dishwashers are uncommon in the average Filipino household, it is still important to know just how much installing and operating a dishwasher in your home would cost. According to directenergy.com, the average dishwashing unit consumes about 330 watts and at least 10 kWh if used one hour a day.
3. Electric Oven
An electric oven is another home appliance that consumes a lot of energy. While it is a commonly used appliance, especially for households that like to bake all the time, an electric oven is actually responsible for about 3% of your home’s monthly electricity bill, according to paylesspower.com.
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Computers are known to consume a lot of power even if it is set on stand-by mode or turned off. According to paylesspower.com, while computers are a necessary home appliance, it is still best to unplug the appliance when it is not in use.
5. Washing machine
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Washing machines are used every day in some households, and their contribution to the monthly bill might seem like an unwanted but inescapable part of it. 5% of an average household’s bill is from the use of washing machines, which is why it is important to use the appliance properly.
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Similar to a washing machine, dryers also use a lot of electricity. While the appliance is not common in an average Filipino household, some that do have a dryer in their homes are advised to use the appliance only when necessary, and with full loads too, if possible. Also, the use of clothing racks is still ideal.
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Refrigerators can be found in almost every establishment, and not just in residential buildings. It almost seems impossible to live in a home without a refrigerator in the Philippines, which is why it is considered a staple of modern-day convenience. According to perchenergy.com, a refrigerator accounts for 8% of an average monthly electrical bill.
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Another staple addition in any household, that lighting consumes a high amount of electricity. Even LED lights consume about 9-12% of your monthly electrical bill, although it is lower than traditional fluorescent lights. Still light fixtures should always be turned off when not in use for those who want to conserve energy.
9. Water Heater
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For those who use water heaters in almost all major activities in their home, the appliance is estimated to consume about 12-13% of their entire electric consumption for the month. Showering, washing dishes, using the sink, and laundry are some of the most common home chores are activities that rely on a water heater, which is why it is important to use the feature carefully to keep away from unwanted spending.
10. Air conditioner
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In a country that only has a wet and a dry season, air conditioners are used almost every day. According to paylesspower.com, air conditioners can account for almost 55% of your monthly bill.
Save More, Spend Less
Saving energy is one of the most helpful practices to support the world’s growing need to utilize sustainable methods to help the environment. By using energy-saving practices, homeowners will not only save money on their electrical bills, but they will also make significant contributions to the planet. Saving more energy means spending less money, and purchasing the best appliances that fit your needs and your budget is the way to go.
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Perch Energy. (2022, December 20). What Appliances Use the Most Electricity in Your Home? Perch Energy. Retrieved October 11, 2023, from https://www.perchenergy.com/blog/energy/what-appliances-use-most-electricity-home
What Uses the Most Electricity in My Home? (n.d.). Direct Energy. Retrieved October 11, 2023, from https://www.directenergy.com/learning-center/what-uses-most-electricity-in-my-home