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Are you wondering “Why is my electricity bill so high?” In our daily lives, surrounded by electronic gadgets and appliances, it’s easy to overlook their impact on energy consumption. The average US electric bill is $146.45, with households using only 65% of the energy they pay for each month. The rest is wasted by inefficient appliances and “vampire loads”, which draw energy even when “off”.

Here, we’ll highlight the top energy guzzlers in the average home and offer tips to improve efficiency. To get a precise understanding, consider installing a home energy monitor like Emporia’s Vue 3.

Heating and Cooling Systems:

Indoor comfort battles significantly impact energy bills. Heating and cooling systems make up 40%-50% of your bill. Proper insulation and maintenance help, but these systems still consume much energy.

Refrigerators and Freezers:

Kitchen heroes, refrigerators, and freezers run 24/7, making them significant energy consumers. Upgrading to Energy Star-rated appliances saves energy.

Water Heaters:

Water heaters, especially traditional tank models, consume much energy. Lowering the thermostat and considering tankless heaters help reduce usage.


Energy-efficient LED bulbs reduce lighting energy consumption. Smart lighting systems offer better control and automation or use a smart plug to schedule and automate when they turn on and off.

Washing Machines and Dryers:

Both are energy-intensive. Using cold water, air-drying, and cleaning dryer lint filters help reduce their impact.

Electronics and Entertainment Devices:

TVs, gaming consoles, and more contribute significantly. Power strips, turning off devices, and energy-efficient models help minimize usage.

Computers and Home Offices:

Home offices with computers and peripherals add to energy consumption. Sleep mode and energy-efficient equipment reduce usage.

Kitchen Appliances:

Ovens, stoves, and microwaves consume energy. Efficient cooking methods and burner use help save energy.

Vampire Loads:

Even when off, devices draw power. Unplugging or using smart plugs to disconnect them when not in use saves energy.

Understanding and addressing energy guzzlers leads to financial savings and reduced environmental impact, paving the way for a sustainable home.

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