Energy Hungry Appliances: What Uses The Most Electricity?

Major systems in your home, such as air conditioning and heating, are big draws for electricity. What you may not realize is that domestic appliances can also account for a significant portion of your overall electricity use.

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To help keep you informed, we have gathered a list of the domestic appliances in your home that use the most electricity, according to information gleaned from Toronto Hydro.

Laundry Machine

Doing a load of laundry can cost you quite a bit of money on your monthly electricity bill. Though your washing machine uses a lot of water, it costs you less than a dollar for every 10 hours of use. The real culprit here is your dryer, which costs roughly $15.28 for every 20 hours of use in one month.


Another serious draw on your electricity is, of course, your refrigerator. This is because it is constantly in use. On average, your fridge will cost you $11.46 every month. While it takes longer to accrue that much electricity use compared to other domestic appliances, it is still a costly item in the end.


Like the refrigerator, your freezer is running most of the time. For the same usage time as your refrigerator, your freezer likely costs $7 per month, though this varies based on the size of the freezer itself. Some refrigerators have a built-in freezer, in which case the cost is also built-in. But many families also have big “chest” freezers so they can stock up on frozen meat, vegetables, leftovers, et cetera. The larger the freezer, the more electricity it will use.


Your oven is perhaps the appliance that uses the most electricity of all. It costs the average user upwards of $70 every single month. This is why many people will wait until the off-peak period to turn their oven on, or wait to bake desserts until it is dinnertime. In the latter strategy, people will cook dinner and once it comes out, put in the dessert. Thus, they only need to preheat the oven once, saving on electricity.

As you can see, the costliest domestic appliances are also the largest ones. Microwaves, toasters, kettles, and other smaller appliances do not consume nearly as much electricity. You also have the option of unplugging smaller appliances when not in use, which reduces their overall draw. You do not have this luxury with many larger appliances.

To help reduce your overall electricity use, we recommend switching to energy-efficient appliances, unplugging items when not in use, and simply being conscious about your habits.

To help maintain the other equipment that uses electricity in your home, specifically your A/C and heating, furnace, electric fireplace, et cetera, call Hogg and schedule a tune-up. Keeping your systems maintained reduces the effort required for them to operate, which in turn reduces the amount of electricity they use.

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