There are many factors that play a part in why your energy bill may appear higher than normal.
Is it the intensive heat of the South Carolina summer that placed a heavy demand on your HVAC system? Is it the use of your washer and dryer – thanks to a house full of busy kids with extra-curricular activities that creates unending loads of laundry? Or can higher than normal bills be contributed to by the daily use of your dishwasher?
One of the best ways to cut down on these high costs is to actually become aware of which appliances are using the most energy. The typical home appliances that use the most energy are:
- HVAC system — averaging around 46 percent of the total power usage in your home, the central air conditioning system in a home can use up to 3,000 watts of energy an hour.
- Refrigerator — “Is your refrigerator running?” This may be a familiar joke, however, the amount of energy consumption of this appliance is anything but funny. This appliance runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is one of the biggest drainers of energy in the home. Thanks to modern, Energy Star-rated refrigerators, the common wattage use of today’s refrigerator is between 35,000 to 60,000 watts.
- Water Heater — one of the most in-demand appliances in a home, the water heater consumes on average approximately 14 percent of a home’s energy consumption, using typically up to 4500 watts or approximately 13.5 kWh/day.
Awareness of the major power consumers in your home is important, but it doesn’t stop there—consider keeping your HVAC system a degree or two warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter and make sure your refrigerator settings are set to conserve energy. By making small changes, you can save money and conserve power.
Public Utility Records Search in South Carolina
Have any questions relating to your utility bills? The PSCSC can provide you with information relating to your public utility records search in South Carolina.
Access the Public Service Commission site today to review the frequently asked questions area where residential electric consumers can locate answers to their questions and concerns from electric service to billing.