What’s impacting your energy bill?

Frigidaire-Affinity-Laund08-lgYour energy bill is likely higher than normal in the winter time. And while some of you might be comfortable turning the thermostat down a degree or two, many of you prefer your home at a comfortable temperature.

We told you a couple months about some things you can do to lower your energy bill in the winter. Today, we’ll take a closer look at what’s using energy in your house, thanks to the Alliant Energy Power Calculator.

Here’s  look at how much it costs to run some common appliances use each month:

  • Blender: $.20
  • Coffee maker: $2.64
  • Dishwasher, heated dry cycle: $3.96
  • Dishwasher, no heated dry cycle: $.33
  • Washing machine: $1.65
  • Electric clothes dryer: $16.50
  • Hair dryer: $1.65
  • Humidifier: $3.96
  • Sump pump: $.86
  • Outdoor hot tub: $16.50
  • Electric water heater: $41.25
  • Outdoor porch light: $.50
  • Large holiday lights (20/string): $1.98
  • Incandescent Bulb: $1.98
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulb: $.59

Some suggestions based on these numbers:

• If you run your dishwasher 10 times per month, you can save more than $30 by not using the heated dry cycle.

• Switching 5 Incandescent Bulbs to Compact Fluorescent Bulbs can save you nearly $7/month.

• Air drying your clothes and not running the dryer will save $16.50/month.