# The electricity costs in a family house

Electricity costs represent a significant part of the operating costs of your single-family home. In this article, you will use a calculation to show how much electricity is consumed by the average single-family home and how you can save energy effectively.

### The family house at an advantage

In terms of electricity consumption, the family home can score for a very simple reason: with its smaller size. Where less electricity is needed, electricity costs can not rise as much as other house types. Of course, this does not play a big role in the final cost calculation (you can also waste electricity in a single-family home), but it is a basis.

### Which consumers consume the most electricity?

The biggest energy guzzlers in the household are outdated heat pumps as they circulate hot water throughout the winter without any energy-saving measures. On average, this equates to 800 kWh a year, which is about 150 euros. Also, the electric stove needs about 400 kWh per year, which corresponds to a price of 80 euros. Also among the "Top 3" is the freezer, which brings it to at least 70 euros.

Other energy-consuming consumers are the refrigerator, the lighting, the tumble dryer and the TV - the electricity costs of your single-family home depend on numerous factors. In other words, you can consciously save energy at any point to keep energy costs as low as possible.

### calculation

The question of the optimal power consumption depends on the number of residents. A family with two children should manage with a consumption of 5500 kWh annually, from 6500 kWh the power consumption is definitely too high. The current price for a kilowatt hour is about 28 cents.

Cost overviewprice
1. Power consumption of a four-member household5,500 kWh / year
2. Electricity price0,28 EUR / kWh
total1540 EUR / year

You have no idea of ​​a kilowatt hour? With a kilowatt hour you can work about 5 hours on the computer, alternatively you can burn an energy-saving lamp (20 watts) 50 hours.

### Tips & Tricks

Put on energy-saving appliances in the household. All manufacturers are required to provide their products with an energy efficiency rating ranging from A ++ (green) to G (red).