$1.2 Trillion in Savings
Recent report on energy efficiency found American could reap $1.2 trillion in potential savings by 2020.
Over the past several months we have been working to educate Texas consumers about the substantial savings available through different forms of energy efficiency. Our
The Less Kilowatts You Use the Lower Your Bill
Appliances account for about 17% of your household’s energy consumption, with refrigerators, clothes washers, and clothes dryers at the top of the consumption list. Theaverage residential rate in Texas is around 12 cents per kWh (check your bill). A typical U.S. household consumes about 11,000 kWh per year (per DOE), costing an average of $1,320 annually. By paying attention to your usage you can save a significant amount on your bill.
How Much Electricity is Used by Appliances?
The chart* below shows how much energy a typical appliance uses per year and its corresponding cost based on national averages. For example, a refrigerator uses almost five times the electricity the average television uses
When you do shop for a new appliance, look for the ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR products usually exceed minimum federal standards by a substantial amount. The Department of Energy appliance shopping guide lists some of the major appliances that carry the ENERGY STAR label and provides helpful information on what to look for when shopping for an appliance.
*Information from the Department of Energy.
May 23-25 Texas Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday
The Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday applies only to the following appliances and household equipment:
* air conditioners priced less than $6,000,
* ceiling fans,
* incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs,
* programmable thermostats,
* refrigerators priced less than $2,000 and
* clothes washers.
Typical Wattages of Various Appliances
Refrigerator = 725
Clothes washer = 350–500
Clothes dryer = 1800–5000
Dehumidifier = 785
Vacuum cleaner = 1000–1440