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Here’s Why You Could Benefit From Using Your Microwave More Often.

We all know the convenience of microwave ovens. However, did you know how much electricity microwave ovens use and how they could potentially benefit your pocket when it comes to energy savings? Below is a quick read on how you could benefit from taking advantage of your microwave oven.

According to Energy Use Calculator, “Compact microwaves use between 500 and 800 watts (0.5 kWh) during heating, while a regular sized microwave will use 850 (0.85 kWh) to 1800 watts (1.8 kWh) depending on the model. An average modern microwave will use around 1200 watts (1.2kWh).”

It could be essential to your energy savings to keep what appliances you use in the kitchen or throughout the house in mind.

The average household in the United States spends more than $2,000 each year on energy bills, with appliances accounting for a significant percentage of that total. [White House Archives, 2013]

Source: U.S. White House Archives, U.S. Energy Department.

When we look at the above chart we notice where we could have opportunity to energy savings.

In 2013, the White House announced that it the Department of Energy had finalized and implemented new energy efficiency standards for microwaves, which was said to have the potential to save consumers billions of dollars in on energy bills in the upcoming decades. Nonetheless, this would also could potentially prevent 38 million metric tons of carbon emissions. This is said to be the equivalent of taking 12 million new cars off the road for one year.

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