How Much Electricity Does a House Use?

February 19, 2024 | Reading Time: 8 minutes

The most common reason homeowners want to switch to solar is to end their high electric bills. As you’ve probably noticed, homes can use a lot of electricity each day, which quickly adds up at the end of the month leading to huge monthly energy bills that never end.

Due to ever-changing and unpredictable electricity rates, we know a strong appeal of solar energy is the promise of minuscule or eliminated energy bills after the system is paid off.

We assure you, your electric bill will decrease after system activation. With a properly sized system, the hundreds of electrical devices you own will be able to source their energy from your panels before pulling from the grid.

Key Takeaways

  • The actual amount of electricity your home uses depends on many factors like the specific electrical appliances in your home, their efficiency, your household’s energy habits, and the size of your home.
  • Heating and cooling the home will demand the most energy of all your electrical appliances.
  • A properly sized solar system will always save you money on your electric bill.

Electrical Demand of a House

Your panels can cover any appliance or system that demands electricity. We’ve analyzed the most common electrical devices found in households and their average monthly energy needs so you can see just how much money solar can save you.

These calculations are assuming an electricity rate of 26 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Electrical Devices in the Kitchen

DeviceElectrical DemandAverage Monthly Cost
Microwave2.5 kWh$0.65
Refridgerator144 kWh$37.44
Stove75 kWh$19.50
Oven72 kWh$19.72
Coffee Machine4 kWh$1.04
Dishwasher33.75 kWh$8.78
Blender1.25 kWh$0.33
Electric Skillet10 kWh$4.68
Toaster3 kWh$.80

Electrical Devices in the Living Room

DeviceElectrical DemandAverage Monthly Cost
Television15 kWh$3.09
Video Game Console9 kWh$2.34
Streaming Device.6 kWh$0.16
Light Bulbs1.5 kWh$0.39
Sound System6 kWh$1.56

Electrical Devices for Laundry

These calaculations assume each of these machines are run ten times per month.

DeviceElectrical DemandAverage Monthly Cost
Washing Machine10 kWh$2.60
Dryer30 kWh$7.80

Electrical Demand for Heating and Cooling the Home

DeviceElectrical DemandAverage Monthly Cost
Space Heater135 kWh$35.10
Heat Pumps540 kWh$140.40
Central Air Conditioning525 kWh$136.50
Window AC Unit150 kWh$39.00
Ceiling Fan12 kWh$3.12
Free Standing Fan13.2 kWh$3.43

Miscellaneous Electrical Devices in the Home

DeviceElectrical DemandAverage Monthly Cost
Phone Charger.45 kWh$0.12
Wi-Fi7.2 kWh$1.87
Hair Dryer2.25 kWh$0.59
Electric Vehicle Charger315 kWh$81.90
Generator50 kWh$13.00
Vacuum5.6 kWh$1.46
Iron3 kWh$0.78
Electric Blanket48 kWh$12.48

Hypothetical Electric Bill Total

A home that only utilizes central air will incur a $360.37 electric bill and demand 1,374 kWh of energy per month. This bill totals to $4,324.44 per year and if powered by solar panels, could be $0.00.

Over the 25 year lifespan of a solar system, $108,111 would be saved in this hypothetical example.

Other Factors Influencing the Electrical Demand of Your Home

These statistics give a very rough estimate of energy usage and costs per month. The amount of people in your home, the time of year, and your household’s particular usage habits will all influence your electrical demand.

Solar Boosts Your Home’s Energy Independence

We buy homes to gain complete control over our living spaces, and free ourselves from the constraints of a landlord’s rules. However, this authority is somewhat limited by unavoidable electric bills, over which we have no power. This is where solar can change the game. An energy source that promises to sever our ties to conventional electricity costs, and offer us a new level of independence.

Isaksen Solar: Your Local Fall River, MA Solar Installer

We’ve lead thousands of families into the world of energy freedom and we want you to be next. Not only will you save thousands of dollars, but you’ll take a huge step toward a greener, long-lasting future.

While the solar transition may seem overwhelming at first, we assure you our streamlined process makes everything so simple, and we’ll be here to answer your questions from day one. Even after your install is complete, we’ll be monitoring your system and can fulfill any service so you’ll never be alone.

Give us a call today to get started, (508) 717-3820. Or sign up now with your free quote!