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Your Energy Use

Knowledge is power. In this case, understanding how you’re using your power is the first step towards reducing your energy costs. There are three major categories of energy usage that influence cost: heat, hot water and appliances. The following information outlines average energy use in these three areas and tips for reducing your use.

Annual Energy Consumption of an Average Family


Heating is approximately 60% of your annual energy use.

The number one factor that influences most energy consumption is the outside temperature. As the mercury drops, the more your heating system needs to work to maintain a comfortable temperature.

Be sure to monitor and control your home’s humidity levels too – a healthy humidity level should be between 35-55%.

How to Reduce Your Use:

  • Turn electric baseboard heaters off at the electrical panel until the start of the heating season. Consider electronic thermostats for better comfort and control.
  • Don’t overheat. Turn thermostats back at night and when away for long periods throughout the day. Consider programmable thermostats for consistent, accurate control.
  • Use window kits to increase the performance and comfort of windows. Use weather-stripping, caulking, and expanding foam to seal air leaks.

Hot Water

Hot water represents approximately 20% of your annual energy use.

How to Reduce Your Use:

  • Fix leaking hot water pipes and faucets.
  • Limit shower time and use low-flow showerheads.
  • Wash with cold water whenever possible.


Appliances and lighting account for about 20% of your annual energy use.

How to Reduce Your Use:

  • If it’s not in use, turn it off. This includes lighting, computers, TVs, fans, etc.
  • Unplug that old, empty fridge or freezer.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) where possible, e.g. old Christmas lights with LEDs.
  • When replacing appliances, look for the Energy Star® label.
  • Operating times of certain devices should be closely monitored. Be aware that devices such as air conditioners, dehumidifiers, pumps, car heaters, heating cable, heat recovery ventilators and others can have a major impact on your bill. Consider timers as an option for some of these.


Power Outages

When cooking match the pan to the heating element. A 6" pan on an 8" burner will waste more that 40% of the energy.