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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Yearly Household Electric Costs

When shopping for a new home appliance it’s a good idea to consider the energy efficiency aspects. Did you know that a front load washing machine is cheaper to run than a top loader? Did you know that laser printers cost more to run than the computer does? An electric hot water heater is the most costly to run, with the laser printer coming in second place. An electric hair dryer costs more to run than the refrigerator and is almost as expensive to run as the oven!

These are the typical annual energy costs of appliances, based on a rate of 6 cents per kilowatt-hour for a family of four living in an 1,800-square-foot home in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s service area. Actual costs may be more or less in your area.

Kitchen
· Blender: 18 kilowatt-hours annual use — $1.10 a year
· Coffee maker: 328 kilowatt-hours annual use — $19.78 a year
· Dishwasher: 195 kilowatt-hours annual use — $11.77 a year
· Electric frying pan: 125 kilowatt-hours annual use — $7.53 a year
· Microwave: 312 kilowatt-hours annual use — $18.84 a year
· Mixer: 7 kilowatt-hours annual use — 40 cents a year
· Cook-top range: 325 kilowatt-hours annual use — $19.62 a year
· Oven: 910 kilowatt-hours annual use — $54.94 a year
· Refrigerator and freezer: 420 kilowatt-hours annual use — $25.36 a year
· Toaster: 57 kilowatt-hours annual use — $3.45 a year
· Toaster oven: 312 kilowatt-hours annual use — $18.84 a year
· Trash compactor: 21 kilowatt-hours annual use — $1.26 a year
· Waffle iron: 312 kilowatt-hours annual use — $18.84 a year

Water heater
· Less than 30 gallons: 3,744 kilowatt-hours annual use — $226.03 a year
· 30-49 gallons: 3,826 kilowatt-hours annual use — $230.98 a year

General appliances
· Clock radio: 2 kilowatt-hours annual use — 10 cents a year
· Large television: 364 kilowatt-hours annual use — $21.97 a year
· Small television: 182 kilowatt-hours annual use — $10.99 a year
· CD, DVD, VCR players: 22 kilowatt-hours annual use — $1.33 a year
· Vacuum cleaner: 218 kilowatt-hours annual use — $13.18 a year
· Hair dryer: 686 kilowatt-hours annual use — $41.44 a year
· Electric shaver: 4 kilowatt-hours annual use — 24 cents a year
· Stereo: 42 kilowatt-hours annual use — $2.51 a year
· Iron: 312 kilowatt-hours annual use — $18.84 a year
· Electric blanket: 117 kilowatt-hours annual use — $7.06 a year
· Curling iron: 18 kilowatt-hours annual use — $1.11 a year

Home office
· Computer: 961 kilowatt-hours annual use — $58.01 a year
· Small-sized printer: 156 kilowatt-hours annual use — $9.44 a year
· Printer, medium: 184 kilowatt-hours annual use — $11.10 a year
· Laser printer, small: 1,173 kilowatt-hours annual use — $70.82 a year
· Laser printer, medium: 1,568 kilowatt-hours annual use — $94.68 a year
· Small multi-function (print, scan, copy, fax): 119 kilowatt-hours annual use — $7.18 a year
· Medium multi-function (print, scan, copy, fax): 171 kilowatt-hours annual use — $10.30 a year

Lighting
· Incandescent bulb (75 watts): 273 kilowatt-hours annual use — $16.48 a year
· Compact fluorescent bulb (20 watts): 73 kilowatt-hours annual use — $4.39 a year

Laundry
· Washer: 118 kilowatt-hours annual use — $7.12 a year
· Dryer: 324 kilowatt-hours annual use — $19.59 a year

Source: TVA energy cost calculator, as published in Times Daily Newspaper.

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