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When purchasing a new appliance, consider the second price tag - how much it costs to operate. Appliances that are less expensive to purchase initially may have higher operating costs. Family habits and size will impact usage. For a guide to help calculate energy use for additional appliances and equipment, a copy of the brochure Use Energy Wisely is available. A few energy savings tips are available in the brochure 101 Ways to Save Energy. If the page appears too large please reduce the magnification. These are general tips and may not fit every households energy situation.

Appliances bearing the Energy Star® tag are good choices, as they have been tested for efficient energy usage.

This is a list of common household appliances with estimates of wattage and usage (excludes base charge).

For more information about Energy Star®, visit http://www.energystar.gov.

Appliance

Estimated Wattage

Average Hours/Month

Average kWh/Month

Monthly Fergus (.1243 kWh charge)

Clothes Dryer

4,500

24

108.00

$13.43

Clothes Dryer, Energy Star®

360

18

3.48

0.44

Computer, Laptop

54

60

3.24

0.41

Computer, Desktop

250

60

15.00

1.87

Computer, Monitor

225

60

13.50

1.68

Computer, Printer, Desk Jet

48

8

.38

0.05

Computer, Printer, Laser Jet

576

8

4.61

0.58

Dishwasher

1,200

30

36.00

4.48

Dishwasher, Energy Star®

450

30

13.50

1.68

DVD Player

14

12

.17

0.03

Freezer, Stand Alone

425

720

306.00

38.04

Hot Tub (Heater and Pump)

5,560

45

250.20

31.10

Television, Big Screen, Color

250

120

30.00

3.73

Television, Color

150

30

4.50

0.56

Video Game Player

79

30

2.37

0.30

Hot Water Heater (Standard)

2500

160

400

49.72

Hot Water Heater (Quick Recovery)

4500

111

500

62.15

 
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