These days, it’s more of a win-win than ever to save on energy. Every time you lower your utility bills, you put more money back in your bank account. And lower energy bills also means less energy consumed, which means less harmful emissions released into our environment. And what makes this an even better deal is you don’t have to overhaul your home (or buy a new one) to make it more energy efficient. There are many easy, effective things that you can do, with little investment and little or no DIY experience, to save energy at home.
With so much talk these day of saving electricity, it is worth knowing what a kilowatt-hour (kWh) is actually is. In a nutshell, it’s a unit of energy equivalent to one kilowatt of power expended for one hour of time. Although kilowatt-hour is not a standard unit in any formal system, it is commonly used in electrical applications.
The consumption of electrical energy by homes and small businesses is usually measured in kilowatt-hours, whilst larger businesses and institutions use the megawatt-hour (MWh), and larger power plants over long periods of time, or the energy consumption of states or nations, can be expressed in gigawatt hours (GWh)!
Here are some average examples of the range of nameplate wattages for various household appliances:
Energy monitors are small devices that help you discover how much energy you’re actually using in your home or at work. They show you how much money your energy consumption is costing you and will tell you how much money you’re saving once you begin to change the way you’re using energy.
It’s important to note that energy monitors are not a substitute for your existing energy meter, just a complement to it.