What Uses the Most Electricity in Your PA Home?

May 15th, 2017

If you’re hoping to save on your home electricity bills, the first step is to find out what’s consuming the most energy. This way, you can focus your efforts to maximize your savings. Here’s a breakdown of the average home’s electricity consumption and how to lower your energy costs.

Cooling & Heating

If you have a central air conditioner, heat pump, or electric furnace, heating and cooling accounts for about 47% of your electricity bills. You can lower this amount by sealing and insulating your home to keep conditioned air in. You can also dress for the season and set the thermostat to a reasonable temperature.

Water Heating

Every time you take a shower, run the dishwasher, or wash clothing in hot water, you’re making your water heater work. This contributes to about 14% of your electric usage, assuming you have an electric water heater. Installing low-flow showerheads and faucets and switching to a natural gas water heater are great ways to save.

Washer & Dryer

Washing machines run on electricity. Plus, laundering clothes in hot water increases water heating bills. Electric dryers add to the cost of doing laundry, totaling about 13% of your home’s energy usage. Invest in efficient machines, wash clothes in cold water, and line-dry clothing whenever possible to lower your costs.


A single light doesn’t consume much energy, but if a dozen bulbs burn for six hours a day, you can see how lighting ends up accounting for 12% of your electricity use. Lower your consumption by choosing CFLs or LEDs over incandescent bulbs. Then, remember to turn off the lights when you leave the room.


The fridge can easily run for 10 hours a day, amounting to 4% of your energy use. If you have a second unit in the garage, your refrigeration cost more than doubles.

Other Appliances & Devices

Computers, hair dryers, TVs, cable boxes, and more account for the remaining 10% of your energy usage. Buy high-efficiency appliances and unplug devices when not in use to help you save.

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One proven way to reduce what you pay for electricity is to limit your energy consumption. But another way is to switch to a lower-cost energy provider. UGI EnergyLink is the ideal source for affordable power in the deregulated market here in Pennsylvania. Switching is simple—just fill out an online contact form today to get started!