The Definitive Guide To Unit Watts Out (UWO) is a comprehensive guide to all things wattage. It’s been updated with new information since its original release in 2013. UWO covers everything from how much electricity your home uses, to which appliances use the most energy, to how much money you could save if you had better insulation and other tips and tricks for saving money at work or on your car. You’ll learn about:
How many watts are used?
What’s the difference between kilowatt hours (kWh), megawatt hours (MWh), and gigawatt hours (GWh)?
Why do some appliances draw more than others? What factors affect their consumption? How much electricity goes into making them run? Which ones are inefficiently designed, and why? Are there any ways to make them even more efficient without spending a fortune on upgrades or replacing parts?
Which appliances use the most electricity? What types of lighting fixtures consume the most power? Do they have to be plugged in when not in use? Is it possible to reduce their usage while still using them during the day?
How much electricity does my house need to operate properly and safely? Does it make sense to upgrade my electrical system now so I don’t have problems down the road? Do I need to replace my wiring now before it becomes a serious issue? Is there any way to do it without spending a fortune or tearing apart the walls?
Which appliances and electronics use the most energy, can they be turned off at the switch, and are their settings I can change to reduce their power usage? What is a power factor and how can it be improved? Does my home have a smart meter, and how can I make the most of it?
How much energy does my house waste? Are there any changes I can make to ensure everything runs as efficiently as possible? What is a power outage, and what are the different types of outages that can affect my appliances and electronics?
What can I do to prevent electrical fires from starting in the first place, and what should I do if one does start? What appliances and devices should I never plug in to extension cords, and are there any power strips I can buy that prevent this issue from happening in the first place? Saving money is important to everyone these days. Even if you’re on a limited budget, there are plenty of things you can do to save money without having to make major sacrifices. You don’t have to let rising energy costs impact your lifestyle or take food off your table. The average American household spends about $2,200 per year on electricity (excluding heating and air conditioning), but there are plenty of steps you can take to reduce that cost. Some of the changes are easy and don’t require a great deal of effort on your part, while others will take some time and dedication. No matter what your situation, you’ll be able to find something in this guide that works for you. There’s a lot of information here, so take your time and read everything. The more you know about how electricity works and how to save money on your utility bills, the better off you’ll be in the long run.
While some of the items in this article are directed mainly toward homeowners who pay a flat rate for their electricity (and/or natural gas), a lot of the information here can also apply to renters and people who don’t have control over the energy meter for any number of reasons. (A lot of information on appliances and electronics still applies even if you don’t own any of the equipment in question.) Hopefully, whether you’re looking for a quick way to trim a few dollars off your monthly bill or trying to save money for another purpose, you’ll find what you’re looking for here.
As always, I encourage you to read through the entire guide before doing anything.
Sources & references used in this article:
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