Similar to washing your clothes and sheets, it’s important to also vacuum your home more frequently in the spring. This is especially true for homes with carpet. Each day, outdoor allergens are tracked into your home on your shoes, your clothes, or on your pets.
The average vacuum consumes about 1.44 kWh and adds approximately $8 onto your energy bill each year. That consumption depends on the efficiency of the vacuum and the flooring type. It’s easier to vacuum hardwood floors than carpet.
To cut down on the cost of running your vacuum, consider an energy-efficient model that works best for your home’s needs. It’s also important to use your vacuum efficiently. Many of the newer models will pick up dirt and dust without repeated passes over the same area. This reduces the time you need to spend vacuuming – and in turn cuts back on the energy you use to vacuum your home.
With these tips, you can fight against springtime allergies without running up your energy bill. However, if you’re locked into an energy plan with a high rate, you may be paying more regardless. To switch to an energy plan with a lower rate, enter your ZIP code above or click here to learn more.
Caitlin Ritchie is a writer within the energy and power industry. Born in Georgia, she attended the University of Georgia before earning her master’s in English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.