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After food, clothing, and shelter, the next most basic necessity of life is electricity.
Research in the United Kingdom by a provider of home insurance found that gas and
electricity bills are the largest financial worry for people. The same is likely
true of the United States.
According to the Energy Information Agency (EIA), every month the average American household has an average electric bill of $95.55, uses 920 kWh, and pays 10.4 cents per kWh.
The EIA believes that prices at the end of 2011 will be 2.9 percent higher than in 2010, but this growth will slow to 0.6 percent by 2012.
The Monte Carlo Casino & Resort in Las Vegas spends $416,667 per month on electricity.
A hair salon would pay between 10 and 20 times as much for electricity as a home.
To be profitable, each customer should cost no more than around a dollar for the
electricity and water used. A tanning salon would pay one or two dollars for every
15 to 20 minute tan. Replacement bulbs could be required as often as once a month.
The financial cost is generally a tenth of household income, and depends on the type of heating, the square footage of the property, the age of the home, the quality of the windows, the amount of time lights are left on and the type of light bulb used, appliance usage, and other factors.
A house with rooms painted in bright colors will require less artificial light. The area of a home is less important than the number of occupants and their behavior. Electricity bills vary by state, for instance due to regulatory policies, providers' efficiency, and climate. Electricity providers can be compared on the basis of their charge per kWh used.
a refrigerator uses 182 kWh,
a freezer 190 kWh,
a dishwasher 60 kWh,
a standard oven 104 kWh,
a microwave oven 16 kWh,
and a coffee maker 19 kWh.
A stereo consumes 5kWh,
and televisions of 19, 25, and 35 inches consume 18, 26.6, and 39.4 kWh respectively.
a dryer uses 3.12 kWh and washing clothes uses anything from 0.33 to 7 kWh, according to the temperature.
Lighting a room takes 10 kWh, while a 175W outdoor light uses 60 kWh and a 250W one uses 87 kWh.
A ceiling fan uses 85 kWh,
an electric blanker 22 kWh,
and a computer 17.5 kWh.
A high definition DVR and high definition cable box will use an average of 37 kWh a month. 66 percent of the power is generally wasted because nobody is watching or shows are not being recorded.
A water heater consumes 110 kWh per person.
The average U.S. household is comprised of 2.59 people, according to the Census Bureau.
The most energy-
HR2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act will reduce electricity bills in almost every state. The Tennessee Center for Policy Research, an independent, non-
The organization said this was evidence of hypocrisy by Gore, as he had called for
people to reduce their usage of electricity at home. In Gore's defense, he uses only
green power via the Green Power Switch scheme, has installed solar panels, and uses
compact fluorescent light bulbs and other energy-
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