Energy Usage Factors
As power plants burn fossil fuels to make electricity, they release greenhouse gases. By using less energy at home, at work, and in the community, you can reduce these emissions and fight global warming. Using less energy will lower your utility bills each month. Energy usage is influenced by factors such as weather, lifestyle, appliances, and maintenance of the building. Weather
Air conditioners run longer to cool a building. Cooling a building can account for half or more of an electric bill. Heating costs 2 to 3 times as much as cooling. The colder the weather, the longer the heater will run.
Setting the thermostat too low during summer or too high during winter will be reflected in high energy consumption and higher electric bills. Homes with pools or spas can have high energy consumption due to operating water circulation pumps. Having additional appliances could also cause high energy bills, specially freezers, or fridges in unconditioned garages.
The average home spends about $2,200 on energy bills every year. Appliances that have earned the ENERGY STAR label can help you save money.