The average U.S. household spends about $2,160 per year on energy costs. Much of that energy you utilize is from larger appliances and electronics. If you’re looking to save power in 2018, then you need to know how much electricity the devices and machines in your home are using each day. Below is a summary some of the top appliances that use energy and how much they use. If you would like to know more about how to save energy in your home, contact Harrison Electric.

Heating and Cooling Systems

As you might have guessed, your home’s heating and cooling utilize the majority of energy in your electrical system. If you have an older system, we can look at the wiring to see if we can upgrade it. We may also look at the dedicated panel to see if we need to replace it. In some cases, newer wiring can help the heating and cooling unit operate more efficiently.

Water Heater

Water heaters use an average of 14% of a home’s energy each year. Families use water heaters throughout the day for showers, cleaning clothes, doing the dishes, and watering the lawn. The amount of water consumption requires the water heater to work for extended periods. We recommend that you invest in ENERGY STAR water heaters to cut costs.

Ceiling Fan Lighting

Lighting makes up 12% of your total energy costs. Part of the reason why it takes up so much is that you’re using old lighting and ceiling fans that were not equipped for efficiency. Now is the time to replace your old ceiling fans and to light with modern devices that utilize less electricity. Harrison Electric can install new ceiling fans with low-cost lighting to reduce your energy use. You’ll also save money on repairs and maintenance.

Clothes Washer and Dryer

If the laundry is piling up, so is the electric bill. Part of the reason you may be experiencing higher energy use is that you have the wrong power cords hooked into your outlets. Our technicians can inspect your washer and dry to see if we can replace the old cords with quality cords that use less electricity. We can also do this with all your electronics and appliances. We can also make recommendations for using the right extension cords and power surge protectors.

Save Energy with Harrison Electric

If you’re tired of your high electric bills, contact Harrison Electric today. We can evaluate your entire electrical system and all your appliances to see where you can save money. We can also replace any electrical components that may be worn out. To schedule a repair or inspection today, call us at 763-544-3300, or you can message us at

We provide service for homeowners in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.