Home Household items These common household items are likely driving up your energy costs

These common household items are likely driving up your energy costs


It’s comforting to know that when you turn on your stove to cook or turn on your bathroom light switch in the middle of the night, the appliances in your home are ready to supply the electricity you need.

What might not be so comforting is how much energy some of these items actually use.

Check out this list of the most energy-hungry appliances in your home and tips that can help you reduce your energy consumption and save on your monthly energy costs:

  • Heating and cooling: Michigan residents know how cold our winters can be, but did you know that heating and cooling make up about 47% of a home’s energy use? You can help reduce this usage with a few simple steps:

    • Be sure to change your HVAC filter at least every three months.

    • Seal air leaks around doors, fireplaces and windows.

    • Use a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust the temperature in your home.

  • Water heater: Nothing beats a hot shower, but your water heater accounts for 14% of the house’s energy consumption. Consider taking short showers rather than baths. This can lower the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees, and for every 10 degree reduction in temperature, you can save between 3% and 5% on your water heating costs. Another way to save money is to use cold water for your laundry, when possible.

  • Lighting: Lighting accounts for up to 12% of a home’s energy consumption, but simple actions like switching to LED bulbs will help you use up to 90% less energy.

  • Washer and dryer: If you are considering looking for a new washer or dryer, try an ENERGY STAR option. Washing machines use 25% less energy and 33% less water than standard models, while tumble dryers use 20% less energy.

  • Fridge: Keeping your fridge temperature 10 degrees cooler than recommended on your appliance will increase the amount of energy it uses by 25%. As a general rule, your refrigerator should stay between 36 and 38 degrees and freezers should be set between 0 and 5 degrees.

  • Electric oven: Your electric oven accounts for up to 4% of your home’s energy consumption. You can try using a convection oven (which can help reduce your cooking time and use 20% less energy every month), cook more than one dish at a time, or use the self-cleaning your oven after cooking to save energy. Ovens with this capacity have an insulation system that allows less energy to be consumed during cooking.

  • TV/DVD/cable box: Your television and cable/DVD systems represent 3% of your home’s energy consumption. Turn off your TV and cable/DVD when you’re not watching, use a power strip to effectively shut down these electronics, or put newer TV models into power-saving mode to reduce power consumption. a third or more.

  • Dishwasher: Your dishwasher represents 2% of your home’s energy consumption. However, a standard-size ENERGY STAR dishwasher costs about $35 per year, which can save you an average of 3,870 gallons of water over its lifetime. Plus, waiting to use it until you have a full charge can help you see more monthly savings.

  • computer: 1% power consumption may not seem this high, but every penny you can save counts. Sleep mode is a great way to limit your computer’s power consumption, or if you’re not planning on using it for a long time, just turn it off.

  • You can download the DTE Insight app to see your energy consumption in real time. To learn more about our energy efficiency programs, rebates and tips, visit dteenergy.com/saveenergy.