The best bang for your buck!

Electricity. A powerful tool that we tend to take for granted daily.

Posted by Stacie Nielsen on May 16, 2018

Electricity. A powerful tool that we tend to take for granted daily. Hundreds of years ago, the concept of lighting a room without candles was unimageable. Today we don’t think twice that darkness will disappear at the flip of a switch.

As time passes, the cost of living is increasing. Similar to many other commodities the price of electricity is also rising. However, consider all the facets of your life when electricity is used. Does the cost of electricity equal the valuable role electricity plays in your life?

Your electric bill is not broken down by the cost to charge or power each item you use, but instead, it is one sum. As a result, it can be difficult to understand how much individual items cost. So let’s compare the cost of some common purchases and the corresponding value electricity provides for that same cost.


Daily expenses



A latte

Power your coffeemaker for more than seven months


A fast food meal

Power your microwave for almost five months


A new DVD release

Power your DVD player for two years


Two full tanks of gas

Run a space heater for two years


A night at a hotel

A fully charged iPad for 100+ years

*Sources: U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Wise MN

There are many common items that can be powered for less than a $1!


Charging your phone for an entire year


Binge watching a season of your favorite TV show


Two hours of video games


Cleaning a load of dishes with your dishwasher

These daily uses of electricity help illustrate what you can get for your money.

Another element to consider are all the steps you, yourself, can take to reduce the amount you spend on electricity. Consider turning the lights off when you leave a room, using power strips to turn off devices overnight, charging your phone before bed instead of overnight and ensuring appliances are used to their full capabilities.

You can also purchase ENERGY STAR certified devices and appliances, which are more energy efficient than regular devices and appliances. You can invest in LED or CFL light bulbs which can be 25 to 80 percent more energy efficient than regular incandescent bulbs. They also tend to last three to 25 times longer, saving you money in the long run.

In all, electricity is a great value for your money!

The next time you flip that switch or plug in that device, remember that you are receiving a great value for an irreplaceable tool. Because without the ease of access to those electrons, we wouldn’t be able to achieve the quality of life that we’ve come to expect.

Stacie Nielsen

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