Home Appliances and Electricity Use

“Turn off the lights when you leave a room! How many times do I have to tell you kids??”

I can’t tell you how many times I heard that while growing up (followed by my own eye roll, no doubt), and I now catch myself saying the same. We’re all conscious of our budgets and the electric bill seems to always be a source of budgetary frustration. We found a great article from The Colorodoan that discusses the costs per minute of various household appliances. We’ve compiled the data for you here, but if you’d like to read the article you can find it by clicking here.

Costs per hour, on-peak and off-peak:

Water Heater – $1.08/hour and $0.31/hour
Central AC – $0.72/hour and $0.21/hour
Clothes Dryer – $0.67/hour and $0.19/hour
Electric Oven – $0.43/hour and $0.13/hour
Microwave – $0.26/hour and $0.08/hour
Window AC Unit – $0.24/hour and $0.07/hour
​Dishwasher – $0.10/hour and $0.03/hour
Fan – $0.01/hour and <$0.01/hour
Computer – $0.01/hour and <$0.01/hour
Television – $0.01/hour and <$0.01/hour
LED Light Bulbs – <$0.01/hour on & off peak
Charging Cell Phone – <$0.01/hour on & off peak

Did any of these surprise you? I wasn’t surprised by LEDs; we all know those are a good choice. But I was surprised by how low a window AC unit was! Even if you ran it 24 hours per day it’s still less than $6. Now, over a hot summer season, that could quickly add up, but I’ve always thought of them as costing something more like $6/hour! If your dryer, washer, dishwasher, oven, range, cooktop, garbage disposal, or fridge start acting up as the weather warms, don’t hesitate to call us and we’ll get things right for you.