When Cleveland Utilities residential customers come face-to-face with the new Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) time-of-use peak period rates in two to three years, understanding what energy users burn the most kilowatt-hours and how much they cost will be a key to keeping down monthly bills, according to an article in the Cleveland Daily Banner in Cleveland, Tenn.
"Although heating and cooling systems, and water heaters, typically make up the majority of a home's energy consumption, other common household appliances can also draw significant amounts of electricity," according to TVA documents used in a Cleveland Utilities public awareness campaign to help consumers understand what lies ahead.
Monthly billings (amounts) will depend on when customers use the majority of their household energy once the time-of-use rates take full effect. Power used during peak periods will be more expensive.
But what about the appliances themselves? Which cost more to use? Based on information provided through TVA, the following cost estimates based on an average price per kilowatt-hour of electricity will help answer the question:
- Clothes dryer, four loads per week, $3.12 per month.
- Clothes washer, four loads per week, $2.85 per month.
- Dishwasher, five loads per week, $4.74 per month.
- Computer, four hours per day, $1.62 per month.
- LCD TV, four hours per day, $2.01 per month.
- Freezer, 24 hours per day, $3.27 per month.
- Refrigerator, 24 hours per day, $5.28 per month.
- Range, one hour per day, $2.37 per month.
- Oven, one hour per day, $5.43 per month.
- Microwave, 15 minutes per day, $0.90 per month.
- Toaster, six minutes per day, $0.27 per month.
- Coffee maker, 15 minutes per day, $0.90 per month.
- Hair dryer, 10 minutes per day, $0.27 per month.
- Space heater, three hours per day, $10.65 per month.
More information about the in-home energy audits may be obtained by visiting energyright.com.