Energy Audits

Get Your Free Audit

It may not be the best time of year to mention “audits.” While mentioning the word audit during tax season may make some people break out into a cold sweat, there’s another kind of audit that can leave a smile on your face.

  • Your Grays Harbor PUD offers free energy audits that can help you save energy and money on your power bill
  • Call Grays Harbor Public Utility District (PUD) Energy Services at (360) 538-6383 and arrange for your free energy audit today

What is an Energy Audit?

  • We’ll review your energy usage and send an energy advisor to your home or business
    • They will do a thorough inspection from top to bottom, showing you ways to improve your energy efficiency and where you may be wasting watts
    • They’ll also tell you about the PUD’s rebate and low-interest loan programs to help make energy efficiency improvements more affordable

Your Grays Harbor PUD is here to help you use energy as efficiently as possible. We look forward to serving you with a free energy audit!

  • Call Energy Services today at (360) 538-6383 to arrange for your free audit

Energy Saving Tips

Here are some simple, inexpensive things you can do to save energy in your home:

Home Heating System

  • Dress warmly and turn the thermostat down a few degrees (to around 65- 68º) while you’re at home, and set it back 5 – 10º when you’re gone or overnight
  • Caulk and weather-strip around doors and windows
  • Keep the window coverings closed, especially at night

Water Heater

  • Install a timer to turn off your water heater during times you won’t need it
  • If you have an older water heater, insulate it using a “water heater blanket.”
  • Turn the temperature setting down (115º – 120º F)
  • When washing clothes, use warm or cold settings instead of hot

Refrigerator

  • Make sure you don’t have the temperature settings lower than they need to be
  • If you don’t have a frost-free freezer, defrost it frequently
  • Clean the coils once a year to improve efficiency. Washing Machine, Dishwasher, and Clothes Dryer
  • Only run these appliances when you have a full load
  • Use lower temperature settings whenever possible

Clothes Dryer

  • Clean the lint filter after each load, and check the exhaust vent periodically to make sure it’s not clogged
  • Install a vent cap with a hinged cover that will prevent cold air from entering the house when the dryer is not in use

Range/Oven

  • A microwave oven uses less than 10% of the energy used by an electric range to heat food
  • Use the microwave instead of the range or oven whenever possible

Coffee Pot

  • Instead of leaving the hot plate on all morning, turn it off and use your microwave to heat your coffee by the cup as you need it

Lighting

  • Turn off lights when you don’t need them
  • Replace incandescent lamps with energy efficient compact fluorescents

If you have questions about energy conservation, call us at (360) 538-6383

Appliance Operating Costs

Do you ever wonder what it costs to run an appliance or other electric device? The following tables show typical average monthly costs for various items that use electricity in the home:

Kitchen Appliances

Appliance Approximate Wattage Estimated Use Kilowatt-Hour Average Operating Cost per Month
Blender 450 5 min per day 1 $0.09
Bread maker 430 16 hours per month 7 $0.61
Can opener 125 30 min per month <1 $0.05
Coffeemaker (10-cup, auto-drip) 900 8 hours per day 216 $18.79
Coffeemaker (10-cup auto-drip, with auto-shutoff) 900 2 hours per day 54 $4.71
Dishwasher – Energy Star 1500 4 loads per week 24 $2.09
Dishwasher – non–Energy Star Varies 4 loads per week 54 $4.71
Freezer – 20 cubic feet, Energy Star 200 Continuous* 40 $3.49
Freezer – 20 cubic feet, older model 800 Continuous* 160 $13.97
Garbage disposal 500 10 min per day <3 $0.26
Microwave oven 1000 30 min per day 15 $1.30
Mixer 200 2.5 hours per month <1 $0.07
Oven – Conventional 3500 30 hours per month 105 $9.16
Range – large element 2100 30 min per day 32 $2.79
Range – small element 1600 30 min per day 25 $2.18
Refrigerator – 22 cubic feet, Energy Star 500 Continuous* 47 $4.10
Refrigerator – 22 cubic feet, pre-1993, non-Energy Star 800 Continuous* 188 $16.41
Toaster (2 to 4 slices) 1200 3 min per day 2 $0.17
Toaster oven 1250 15 min per day 10 $0.87

Bathroom Appliances

Appliance Approximate Wattage Estimated Use Kilowatt-Hour Average Operating Cost per Month
Bathtub with jets – does not include hot water 3100 15 hours per month 47 $4.10
Blow dryer 1875 15 min per day 14 $1.22
Curling iron/hair straightener 85 10 min per day <1 $0.05
Electric Razor 15 10 min per day <1 $0.02

Laundry Room Appliances

Appliance Approximate Wattage Estimated Use Kilowatt-Hour Average Operating Cost per Month
Clothes dryer 5000 20 hours per month 100 $8.73
Iron 1200 8 hours per month 10 $0.87
Clothes washer – 4.2 cubic feet, Energy Star (includes hot water) Varies 6 loads per week 10 $0.87
Clothes washer – non-Energy Star Varies 6 loads per week 32 $2.79

Household Items

Appliance Approximate Wattage Estimated Use Kilowatt-Hour Average Operating Cost per Month
Air cleaner (HEPA filter) 100 10 hours per day 30 $2.62
Air compressor – 1 horsepower 2000 5 hours per month 10 $0.87
Air conditioner – window unit 1100 5 hours per day 165 $14.40
Alarm system 6 Continuous 4 $0.35
Ceiling fan (excluding lights) 40 6 hours per day 7 $0.61
Cell Phone Charger 10 4 hours per day 1 $0.09
Clock radio 10 1 hour per day <1 $0.06
Computer – desktop (with monitor) 300 4 hours per day 36 $3.14
Computer – laptop (when plugged in) 60 4 hours per day 7 $0.61
DVD/Blue-Ray player 25 3 hours per day 2 $0.17
Electric air cleaner – on furnace 50 Continuous 36 $3.14
Electric blanket 175 8 hours per day 42 $3.67
Hot tub – fiberglass, 300 gallons, 102ºF (includes pump) Varies 3 to 4 times per week 321-855 $28.01 to 74.64
Ink-Jet printer 50 4 hours per month <1 $0.06
Laser printer 500 4 hours per month 2 $0.17
Light bulb – incandescent (60 Watt) 60 6 hours per day 11 $0.96
Light bulb – CFL (15 Watt) 15 6 hours per day <3 $0.26
Light bulb – LED (10 Watt) 10 6 hours per day 2 $0.17
Lighting – fluorescent T12 (2 tubes per fixture) 88 6 hours per day 16 $1.40
Lighting – halogen lamp 300 4 hours per day 36 $3.14
Lighting – exterior – barn light (metal halide) 150 12 hours per day 54 $4.71
Satellite dish 50 Continuous 9 $0.78
Space heater 1500 8 hours per day 360 $31.43
Stereo 50 4 hours per day 6 $0.52
TV – 32″ LED/LCD 50 6 hours per day 9 $0.78
TV – 42″ plasma 240 6 hours per day 43 $3.75
Vacuum cleaner 960 30 min per week 2 $0.17
Video game console (Xbox, Wii, or Playstation) 40-200 3 hours per day 4-18 $0.35 to 1.57
Water heater – standard (50 gal) 4500 Continuous* 425 $37.10
Water heater – heat pump (50 gal) 1700 Continuous* 142 $12.40
Well pump 1000 1 hour per day 30 $2.62

*These appliances are controlled by a thermostat and are not “on” continuously. All costs are based on the current Grays Harbor PUD residential second-tier rates of $0.085 per kilowatt-hour and are rounded to the nearest cent. Amounts are based on a 30-day month. Appliance wattages and operating costs on this table are approximations. The amount of electricity used in your home varies depending on family size and living habits.

Tip: A heat pump can reduce your heating costs by 30 to 50%. A heat pump also gives you the added comfort of air conditioning during the summer. Weatherizing your home can also help to reduce the cost of heating and cooling.

Of course, if you’re replacing any of these things, you’ll want to purchase the most efficient one available that meets your needs.