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Utility bills

What is a utility bill?

Utility bills are a regular occurrence in most people’s lives – and can add up hundreds of dollars a month in expenses! Generally, you’ll get utility bills for things like electricity, gas, and water (typically each month) to your home or business. We’ll break down what utility bills you’re likely receiving, what makes up the final utility bill you see at the end of each billing cycle, and ways to save on your utility bills in the future.

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how many solar panels

How many solar panels do I need for my home?

We estimate that a typical home needs between 20 and 24 solar panels to cover 100 percent of its electricity usage. The actual formula to find out how many solar panels you need can be found by the system size divided by the production ratio, divided by panel wattage.

The actual number you’ll need to install depends on factors including geographic location, panel efficiency, panel rated power, and your personal energy consumption habits. Importantly, the number of solar panels you need for your home directly impacts the price you pay for solar. While the answer isn’t always simple, we’ve put together some example cases to help you understand, at a high level, how many solar panels you need to install an effective solar array.

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how many watts peloton

How many watts does a Peloton exercise bike use?

Peloton is all the rage, and home exercise equipment in general is more popular than ever. Their exercise bikes are more or less unique on the market in that they actually consume energy, which powers the large touchscreen on the front, where you watch and participate in classes. While not nearly as power-hungry as appliances like air conditioners or washing machines, it can be helpful to know how much electricity your Peloton uses when you’re looking at your whole home’s energy usage.

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understanding your electric bill

What’s the right way to read your electric bill?

Reading your electric bill might not seem complicated, but if you’re like most Americans, you may be making several mistakes. The complexity of your bill will vary based on your location and utility, but there are several common components that everyone should understand. If you’re looking for bill help, here are the top five things to know about reading and understanding your electric bill correctly, with examples from my electric bill.

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how many watts clothes dryer

How many watts does a clothes dryer use?

Although you may only use your dryer once every few days (or even less), it can still use an impactful amount of electricity. While not quite as power-hungry as appliances like air conditioners, dryers use more electricity than washing machines, and it’s important to know how much electricity your dryer uses when you’re looking at your whole home’s energy usage.

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how many watts washing machine

How many watts does a washing machine use?

Although you may only use your clothes washer once every few days (or even less), it can still use an impactful amount of electricity. While not as power-hungry as appliances like air conditioners, it’s important to know how much electricity your washing machine uses when you’re looking at your whole home’s energy usage.

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electric bill too high troubleshooting

Why is my electric bill so high?

If you own a home, you’ve probably experienced the shock of opening your monthly electricity bill in the mail and seeing a dollar total that is higher than you expect. It’s a common part of home ownership, and one that you can hear homeowners lamenting as electricity rates increase – “Why is my electric bill so high? Why does it keep going up?”.

Luckily, there are steps you can take to find the source of high electricity bills and resolve them so that you can minimize the impact on your wallet. Here are some ideas to start the troubleshooting process, along with some suggestions on what to do about your high electric bill.

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how many watts AC

How many watts does an air conditioner use?

Your air conditioner is likely the most energy-hungry electrical appliance in your home, and in warm months, it’s almost always on! If you’re looking to cut down on your electrical bill or estimate how many solar panels you need to keep your home up and running, understanding how many watts of electricity your air conditioning (AC) setup uses is one important piece of the puzzle.

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how many watts refrigerator

How many watts does a refrigerator use?

On average, a refrigerator uses 300 to 800 watts of electricity, depending on how old the model is. Most refrigerators use between 3 and 6 amps and about 120 volts. Your refrigerator is one of the larger electrical appliances in your home, and it’s always on! If you’re looking to cut down on your electrical bill or estimate how many solar panels you need to keep your home up and running, understanding how many watts of electricity a refrigerator uses is one important piece of the puzzle.

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