Are high electricity bills burning a hole in your pocket? If you are wondering which appliances are to be blamed for the steep rise in electricity bills, 99acres takes you through a list of common power-thirsty electrical home applications.
With technology taking over the world, we are largely dependent on gadgets and appliances. While it makes our lives much easier, it also leads to a lot of money being wasted on high electricity bills. Inefficient appliances further add to the bills, not to mention, their adverse impact on the environment and resources. Following are the home appliances that are considered the biggest culprits for high electricity bills:
Air conditioners (ACs) have become a big part of our everyday lives and it is difficult to imagine how we ever lived without this consumer appliance. Vikas Sahani, CMD, Property Guru shares that people are also opening up to the idea of dehumidifiers and air purifiers which further add to the bills.
Most middle-class homes have at least one AC unit which is turned on for at least 10-12 hours daily, if not for the whole day. No wonder that that air conditioning accounts for a major share of residential energy consumption. While the energy used by an AC unit varies depending on its type, capacity, duration of operation and efficiency levels, it can use anything between 200 to 1,800 Kilowatt-hours (kWh*) per month.
Ajay Agarwal, Chairman, Geopreneur Design Studio advises people to buy appliances with good star ratings as the additional cost spent at the time of purchase will be compensated in the first few electricity bills itself and post that they will save electricity as well as money.
Water heating systems
Geysers or water heaters are also power-hungry equipments. In fact, all appliances that generate heat use more electricity. Energy consumption by a geyser will also depend on its efficiency, size, temperature setting, the duration of its operation and whether you use hot water for other purposes besides bathing. A geyser can use up to 400 kWh per month and more for homes in colder climates. Experts claim that the biggest mistake people make while using geysers is setting the temperature too high. There is no point heating the water close to 120° C and then mixing it with cold water to get a bearable temperature.
Refrigerators are considered the greatest power hogs since they are switched on throughout the day and at least for 8-10 hours even in cold places and winter season. A refrigerator can consume anything ranging from 30 to 200 kWh per month and the consumption rises with the size and age of the unit. While there are modern, energy-efficient models available in the market, many homes continue using their old, outdated refrigerators which leads to unnecessary consumption. Other factors like size, model, temperature setting and the availability of energy-saving mode can also impact the unit’s power consumption.
Though a new entrant in Indian homes, dishwashers have found their way into homes that have in-built appliances. Experts claim that they are a cause of high electricity bills especially since people are not aware about how to use it effectively. Mehaa Seth Marwah, Co-Founder, Modspace.in, an expert in kitchen design, comments that dishwashers are the most energy-consuming appliances in the kitchen. If used the correct way, a dishwasher would consume about 30 kWh per month. However, this does not happen due to users’ ignorance. Using the heating function of the dishwater can further add to the machine’s energy consumption.
Individual bulbs do not consume much power, comparatively speaking. A tube light uses 30-50 watts, an incandescent bulb uses an average of 60 watts while a CFL bulb consumes 15-40 watts per hour. However, every home has multiple bulbs and lighting fixtures which can add up and push your electricity bill without you noticing.
Incandescent bulbs consume more power while turning only a fraction of it into light which makes them extremely inefficient and wasteful. People are often too lazy to switch off lights when they do not need it or leave a room which further adds to the power wastage. Thus, though the individual consumption of lights are much lower than bigger appliances, they are still a wasteful expense and should be controlled.
*A kilowatt-hour is equal to one unit of electricity which is consumed when you use 1000 watts for an hour.