The hot tub thread got me thinking (now I'm looking for some aspirin).
In a house what are the biggest sources of electrical consumption and in
Outdoor hot tub?
Climate plays a big factor, probably the largest factor in assessing
utility costs for different areas of the country.
There are many additional complexities as well. In general homes in
the east and Midwest (subject to brutal winters) are generally better
insulated (some would say better constructed) than homes in the
Thus, even though electricity is generally cheaper in the PNW, the
over-all annual bills may be the same because of increased losses,
lack of basements, running heating ducts in un-insulated crawl-spaces
This is just one example. Cities like Phoenix and certain areas of
Florida have extreme climates and may result in huge A/C bills during
One simple appliance table for the entire USA can be an
over-simplification of the problem.
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