EQUIPMENT
MONTHLY EXPENDITURE




HEATING



Portable Electric Space Heater $7 for 60 hours


Electric Furnace $90 for 90 hours


Natural Gas Furnace $100 for 150 hours


Pilot Light $3




COOLING & VENTILATION



Central Air Conditioner

Typical new $44 for 7 hrs/day (in the summer)


*ENERGY STAR-labeled $35 for 7 hrs/day (in the summer)


Wall/Room Air Conditioner $14 for 175 hrs/mo (in the summer)


Evaporative Cooler ("Swamp Cooler") $1.50 for 40 hrs (in the summer)


Whole House Fan $9 for 12 hrs/day


Portable Fan $1 for 100 hrs/mo (in the summer)




KITCHEN



Electric Range $4, assuming 1 hr/day


Gas Range $1.50, assuming 1 hr/day


Electric Oven $6.60 for 40 hrs


Gas Oven $2.80 for 40 hrs


Microwave Oven 60 ¢/hr


Dishwasher $4.50 for 1 cycle/day


Refrigerator

Typical 1972 model $11


Typical 1990 model $6


Typical 2000 model $5


*Energy Star-labeled 2000 model $3.50


Stand-Alone Freezer

Typical 1978 model $6


Typical 1997 model $3


Blender 5¢, assuming 5 uses/week


Toaster 10¢, assuming 1 use/day


Waffle Iron/Sandwich Grill 20¢, assuming 2 hours/mo


Coffee Maker $3-4, assuming 1 use/day




LAUNDRY



Note: Expenditures for dryers and clothes washers assume 1 load per day.

Electric Clothes Dryer $11


Gas Clothes Dryer $4


Clothes Washer w/ electric water heater:

hot wash & warm rinse $22


warm wash & cold rinse $7.50


Clothes Washer w/ gas water heater:

hot wash & warm rinse $6


warm wash & cold rinse $2.70


cold wash & cold rinse $1.25




LIGHTING



Light bulb, single

75-watt incandescent 87¢ for 150 hrs


18-watt fluorescent 21¢ for 150 hrs


25-watt tube fluorescent 29¢ for 50 hrs


300-watt halogen $3.50 for 150 hrs


Night Light 10¢ for 10 hrs/day


Total lighting cost, typical house $9




WATER HEATING



Conventional gas water heater $13


Conventional electric water heater $32


Electric heat pump water heater $13


Oil Water Heater $19




HOME ENTERTAINMENT



Television, 27-inch $1.30 for 90 hrs (3 hrs/day)


VCR 5¢, assuming 2 movies/wk


Boombox 70¢ for 90 hrs (3 hrs/day)


Stereo, Component System $1-$1.50, assuming 10 hrs/wk




OTHER/MISCELLANEOUS



Clock 30-50¢


Aquarium $2-$4, assuming 10 hrs/day


Hair Dryer $1.20, assuming 1 use/day


Cordless Phone 16¢


Christmas Lights $16, assuming December only

Retrieved from US Department of Energy

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