The are many items in your home that use electricity. Most of those items are very minor in terms of energy use. To save on electricity bills you may have to focus on the large cost items.
In the average home 60-80% of the energy is using for:
The rest is used for:
It depends where you live...
Where you live will impact your energy bills. The two charts below show average homes in a cold climate (like Alberta, Canada) and compare a city home and a country home.
The main difference between city and country home is that the country home uses heating oil or propane and has water trucked in (the hot water heater is electric or propane). For more information go to the page on home energy usage.
If you live in the country your largest savings will come by reducing your water usage, hot water usage, and heating energy.
The two charts below show average homes in a warm climate (like Florida, Canada) and compare a city home and a country home. The differences between the city and country home are the same as in a cold climate.
Start with the easy stuff first...
Regardless of where you live, it makes sense it start with the easy stuff first. These items are not going to cost you much but will save you money:
The page Must-do energy savings tips explains these items.
Should you switch from electric appliances to gas...
In most areas natural gas prices are 1/3 the price of electricity. So is making the switch to a natural gas water heater, stove, or dryer a good investment.
The short answer is: it depends. It will depend on appliance costs, natural gas availability, and the length of piping required to connect the new appliance.
Check out the page Electricity vs. Gas for more information.
Spend some money on Energy Improvements...
Use the links in the navigation bar to the left to get to appliance specific pages. Many of these pages contain calculators (similar to the clothes dryer calculator to the right). The pages include: