If you’re interested in reducing your electrical consumption, you’ll save more by making changes where they count most. A high efficiency, Energy Star-rated DVD player is great, but it won’t cut your bill the same way a super cool new fridge will.
To illustrate this point further, I’ve put together what I’m calling the “Home Power Pie,” which shows the approximate proportional breakdown of electricity on an average home’s monthly bill.
Every home is different, and there are a lot of assumptions above, but it illustrates a few things like…
- importance of all things related to cooling air (e.g. fans, insulation, thermostat, air leaks);
- the true cost of having an old inefficient beer fridge in your garage;
- the effect that using less hot water could have on your bill.