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  • Writer's pictureRon Magby

EXPLORING DAILY ELECTRICITY USE AT HOME

So, you're diving into the world of solar energy? You've got the cost questions, the savings pondering, and the whole "how do I pay for this" situation. We totally get it. But have you ever stopped to think about how much electricity your house gobbles up? Turns out, it's a pretty big deal.

The average daily electricity usage at your place or kilowatt-hour (kWh) is a game-changer. It's the key player in determining how much power your shiny new solar setup needs to churn out to keep your lights on. Plus, it decides the number of solar panels you'll need. Trust us, understanding this stuff upfront makes the whole alternative energy thing a lot smoother.


WHAT DRIVES kWh USAGE?

Alright, so you know your place's usual kWh count is a big deal when it comes to being energy independent. But what goes into the daily electricity use? Turns out, it's a mix of a bunch of things:

1. Size Matters: Bigger place, more power needed. It's all about your home's square footage.

2. Climate Check: Where you live plays a role. Hot or cold climate? That affects your heating and cooling needs.

3. Gadget Load: How much juice your gadgets suck down regularly is a biggie. Think heating, cooling, big appliances, gadgets.

4. Headcount: More people at home mean more lights on, more devices plugged in.

5. Insulation Game: How well your place holds onto that precious energy makes a difference.

It's a bit of a brain dump. To give you a ballpark idea, let's peek at the average home kWh for a day and a month based on different square footages. But hey, for the real nitty-gritty, contacting us is the way to go!


So what's the deal with kWh, and what's the lowdown on an "average house"?


Alright, so a kilowatt (kW) measures the power, and a kWh measures how much power a gizmo slurps up in an hour. You see those numbers on your gadgets and electric bills – watt (W), watt-hour (Wh), kW, kWh, they're all there.


Finding out your whole house's kWh party is a bit of a task – or it's just time-consuming. You gotta sum up the kWh numbers of every energy-hogging thing in your home. Let's break down how you'd find out how much a single gadget, say a microwave, is chugging:

1. Microwave Math: Find the microwave's wattage (let's say 1,500 W).

2. Daily Blast: Multiply that by how many hours you nuke stuff daily (let's say 2 hours). You get 3,000 Wh.

3. kWh Reveal: Divide that by 1,000, and you've got 3 kWh.

4. Monthly Multiply: Hit it with the number of days you're counting (say 30-31), and you've got your monthly microwave kWh usage.


So, a 3 kWh microwave is throwing down about 90 kWh monthly and 1,095 kWh yearly.


If you're itching to find out how much your microwave costs you in juice, your electric bill has the answer. It spills the beans on how much your utility charges for a kWh. Multiply that by your kWh number, and voila – you know what your microwave's costing you.


Once you've got your house's average kWh on lockdown, diving into the solar world makes a whole lot more sense. Going solar is like a shield against crazy energy price hikes.


Quick tip: There are free energy calculators out there to see a gadget's average kWh and electric cost. And if you chat up the energy pros at 2Sunssolar, they're on top of this stuff too.


HOW MANY kWh DOES YOUR AVERAGE HOUSE USE?


Okay, let's get real about what an "average house" in the U.S. is. As of 2021, it's a single-family deal with 2.5 people on board. About 82% of homes are those stand-alone ones. A typical pad's rocking between 2,000 and 2,500 square feet.


So, what's the score on how many kWh an average house uses? It kinda depends on how many gizmos are kicking around – let's say about 14 of 'em.


Tallying up gadgets, average kWh use, square footage, and throwing in some survey data, the U.S. Energy Information Administration drops this nugget: In 2021, the average American home pulled in about 10,632 kWh in a year. Monthly, that's around 886 kWh.

For the day-to-day grind, an average U.S. crib rolls with about 29 kWh.


For these ballpark figures, we're using some math based on the info above. Let's say you got a place with three folks, and you're not burning down the house with electricity. You're keeping things comfy – your heating and cooling are cruising at a cool 70 degrees Fahrenheit. You got the usual stuff – heating/cooling, washer-dryer, and kitchen gadgets (fridge, oven).


We're slicing up the monthly kWh use by 30 days, rounding off the numbers for ease:

- 1,000 sq. ft home: 32 kWh per day, 950 kWh per month

- 1,500 sq. ft home: 37 kWh per day, 1,100 kWh per month

- 2,000 sq. ft home: 43 kWh per day, 1,300 kWh per month

- 3,000 sq. ft home: 67 kWh per day, 2,000 kWh per month

- 4,000 sq. ft home: 73 kWh per day, 2,200 kWh per month

- 5,000 sq. ft home: 83 kWh per day, 2,500 kWh per month


Keep in mind, these are rough guesstimates. Your actual deal could be more or less, depending on where you're at and how you roll.


If you want to understand what exactly it would look like for you let us do the work and size your system properly to save you the most amount of money!


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