How Much Energy Do I Use?
We all know that saving energy around the house is a good thing to do, and that it helps lower your utility bill. But do you know how much energy you are really using when you watch your favorite tv show? Run a load of laundry? Microwave a bag of popcorn? Here is a quick, handy guide.
What is a BTU?
A British Thermal Unit (Btu) is the quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit at a specified temperature (at or above 39°F).
Energy Sources in BTUs
1 Pound of Coal produces 12,500 Btu
1 Gallon of Diesel produces 138,000 Btu
1 Gallon of Kerosene produces 135,000 Btu
1 Cubic Foot of Natural Gas (dry) produces 1,027 Btu
1 Gallon of Propane produces 91,000 Btu
5 Pounds of Wood produces 38,000 Btu