ronald bush wrote:is there a chart on here, or the web, that gives the amount of usage of electricity by average appliances? seems i would be more apt to conserve if i knew how much it was saving. lol
I've looked and found little that's actually useful. A problem is that usage varies with households, so charts have little value. Those looking to conserve should simply note that using electricity for heating applications or air conditioning will almost certainly be the primary loads. Another big one is air moving equipment like whole house fans, but these are normally associated with space heating and air conditioning usage. I'd say focus on the big ones, then just make sure you're not leaving lights and electronics on unnecessarily, and tackle the "phantom" loads, and you'll be doing well.
there is a lot of data published about this, here is a link to a blog-post of mine http://solar-trap.com/?p=76 - here you find references to long tables of data.
But if you want to measure it yourself I can recommend an inexpensive device called "kill-a-watt" which I used a lot in my household. It can measure over a long period of time to get a better average.
Go green, reduce your energy footprint and spread the idea of distributed energy production
We have this AC unit that uses 2000W.
I live in Boston where the avg day time high is 80F and night time is 60F.
I have the AC unit set to 77F, It uses very little energy. I only have to drop the temp by 3 degrees for 1bout 1 hour
Someone in Las Vegas has a daytime high of 117F they have to drop the temp by 40F in the day and by 10F in the night there machine is on none stop.
There AC unit uses 100x more energy even though the units are identical.
Same with a fridge, I only open my fridge twice a day. Where as grandma have grandkids over for the summer and they live in the fridge, heck the ice even melts.
Even though, both units only use 300W, mines only chip on 2hours a day where as "grandma+grandkids" fridge is running 24x7.
I don't know if you have a star rating system over there, it is not perfect but at least a hint.
And every electric thing has the usage written on it how many watts or KW it uses per hour, you find it somewhere at the back or the bottom in tiny print.
Instead of AC I really recommend ceiling ventilators they are much more efficient. Especially if you open the windows to create a breeze.