Hidden Users

Two of the biggest consumers of electricity in some homes are also two of the best hidden energy hogs. They are heaters for water beds and hot tubs. Studies have shown that there are water beds in about 30% of homes in the United States. And if not handled properly, they could be costing those people a lot of money.

Likewise, to heat a large hot tub could double your monthly power bill. Another hidden consumer of energy around your home is the well pump, especially if the system is not operating properly. A variety of problems with the well pump and its storage tank could be causing the pump motor to run almost constantly, wasting those valuable kilowatthours.

Beginning with the next section of this book, we will take a look at specific consumers of electricity in the home and ways to cut back on their appetites.