Measuring Appliance Energy Use

Measuring Appliance Energy Use

Learning How Much Energy Your Appliance Use Now Can Save in the Long Run

When it comes to appliances, you might think consumers want the latest and greatest. You know those appliances that practically run the whole house. A recent survey, however, says there’s something else consumers want even more – energy efficient appliances. In a poll conducted by the University of Texas at Austin, 80% of respondents were interested in reducing energy. But before you run out to buy the latest energy-saving refrigerator, you might know how much electricity your current appliance use. That’s easy to do with an electricity usage monitor.

This easy-to-use tool will help you discover your actually energy consumption. With the information and your electric bill, you’ll be able to figure out the dollars and cents. That’s what consumers say they want in the Energy Poll. While being Green is nice, saving green is even more important.

The electricity usage monitor is typically a hand-held device that that plugs between an appliance and the electrically outlet. You leave it plugged in over a certain period of time to get a true picture of energy use, generally for a few days to a week to get an accurate reading.

The monitor is useful to get an overall picture of usage, but it also pinpoints areas where you can reduce energy now.  It’s estimated by the U.S. Department of Energy that 20% of electrical usage comes from appliances that are left plugged in when not in use. The toaster oven, microwave and even the TV use up energy just by being plugged into the electrically outlet. That knowledge can help you reduce electrical usage now and delay the need to replace old appliances right away.