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

Appliance Operating Costs

Of course, if you're replacing any of these things, you'll want to purchase the most efficient one available that meets your needs. Beyond that, though, there 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 - 10 degrees 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).
  • When washing clothes, use warm or cold settings instead of hot.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.