How Many Kilowatts Does a Home Use?

As we explore more sustainable energy solutions, it’s crucial to understand the average household’s electricity consumption. Many factors influence a home’s energy use, including the residents’ habits, the number of occupants, the design, and the location. On average, an American home uses about 886 kWh per month, costing approximately $121 per month.

Which Appliances Use the Most Energy?

  1. Heating and Cooling (45-50% of Household Electricity): Heating and cooling systems are the biggest consumers of electricity in a home. Central air conditioners, heaters, and fans work hard to maintain your desired temperature, using a lot of energy. While both heating and cooling consume energy, heating typically accounts for over 25% of your annual electricity usage.
  2. Electric Water Heaters (12%): Electric water heaters are usually the second-highest energy consumers in a home. These are used for showering, doing dishes, running sinks, and washing clothes.
  3. Lighting (9-12%): Thanks to advancements in technology, light bulbs, especially LEDs, have become much more energy-efficient than older models like CFLs or incandescents. LEDs not only use less energy but also last longer, which helps reduce waste and operating costs. Despite these improvements, lighting still makes up a significant part of your electricity bill.
  4. Refrigerators (8%): Although refrigerators don’t use a lot of electricity per hour, their continuous operation adds up and accounts for a substantial portion of your total electricity use.
  5. Laundry Machines (5%): The energy consumption of your washer and dryer depends on how often you use them. These appliances, especially when used with hot water, consume about 5% of the total electricity you use annually.

Saving Energy with Solar

Now that you understand the typical energy consumption of a household, which generally ranges from 800 to 1,000 kWh per month, consider switching to energy-efficient appliances and renewable energy sources like solar generators.

If you’re interested in reducing your energy costs and enhancing sustainability in your home, consider calling ESD Solar. Give us a ring today!

This post was written by Daniel Massaad, owner and expert solar technician at Energy Solutions Direct! ESD is the top choice for solar panels in Tampa! Our licensed and certified contractors are masters of their craft; with years of experience servicing the great Tampa Bay area and beyond, the choice is simple. ESD excels at offering you the best in solar value!