Estimate the cost of your current energy use!

Published August 1, 2017

Estimate the cost of your current energy use!

Find ways to reduce your electric bills by simulating home energy consumption using an energy calculator.

Energy calculators provide online estimates of energy consumption around your home. Factors include the size of your home, water usage, running appliances, etc. For example, these tools can be used to curtail expenditures by determining how much money you could save, simply by eliminating a load of wash a day. Energy calculators will not determine your final costs, but they provide good estimates and help consumers identify ways to reduce energy costs. Below are a few examples of energy calculators.

The U.S. Department of Energy provides an energy usage calculator to determine energy consumption among your appliances. The calculator takes the amount of energy expended and estimates how much money you are spending per year. By recognizing how much money your household is spending on utilities, you gain a better grasp on how to better manage appliance and energy products.

Energy Star allows individuals to calculate cost differences between various Energy Star approved products. The calculator provides options for either replacing or removing your appliances.  Not only does this tool provide energy saving tips, but you also learn about the amount of emission produced from your product. The tool goes on to suggest rebate and product finders in order to ensure the most efficient results.

For example, if you are thinking of replacing your refrigerator, Energy Star allows you to find state’s average electric price rate and choose an image that best resembles your refrigerator. The tool then generates an estimated savings on replacing your old refrigerator with a new Energy Star model for future energy savings.

Some utilities also have their own calculators available to customers– see if your utility has one online.

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