As electricity consumption increases,, Spark Energy is dedicated to keeping your costs down even in the most extreme of months. As of November 2016, the average electricity price in the United States is $0.131 per kilowatt hour (kWh). That’s actually down year over year - in November 2015, the price was up to $0.131 per kWh.

In 2015, however, the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 10,812 kilowatt hours (kWh), an average of 901 kWh per month. This means that the average residential electricity consumer pays upwards of $1416 per year for electricity. Louisiana had the highest annual electricity consumption at 15,435 kWh per residential customer, and Hawaii had the lowest at 6,166 kWh per residential customer, with variable annual costs to match.

This is a great indicator for how many US residents use popular appliances such as televisions, washing machines, and dishwashers on a regular basis. Here are the top ten most common residential appliances listed in order of energy consumption:

Central Air Conditioner (2 ton): 1450 kWh/month

Water Heater (4-person household): 310/kWh/month

Refrigerator (17-20 cubic foot): 205 kWh/month

Dryer: 75 kWh/month

Oven Range: 58 kWh/month

Lighting 4-5 room household: 50 kWh/month

Dishwasher: 30 kWh/month

Television: 27 kWh/month

Microwave: 16 kWh/month

Washing Machine: 9 kWh/month

Keep this list handy and adjust how much you use these top electricity-using appliances to keep them from draining your bank account. At Spark Energy, we have plenty of other energy-saving tips as well:

§Cover drafty windows

§Adjust the temperature

§Find and seal leaks

§Schedule regular service for your heating system

§Lower water heating costs by using less hot water

§Keep air moving with ceiling fans

Unplug appliances, or use a power strip and the strip's on/off switch to cut all power to the appliance when it’s turned off

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SAN FRANCISCO, March 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Just intime for what might be the worst allergy season ever, Iodine Inc., a digital healthcompany dedicated to making it easier for people to make good decisions abouttheir health, has launched a new allergy tool that helps people choose theright allergy medication, based on their symptoms and preferences. The toolalso taps into Iodine`s growing network of more than 100,000 user reviews toallow people to see what has worked best for people like themselves.

It`s personal: Iodine`s new tool lets people personalize theiroptions, matching products according to their own demographics, symptoms andpreferences – including age and gender, your tolerance for drowsiness, for howlong you need relief, and whether you want an over-the-counter fix or prefer tovisit the doctor for a prescription.

It`s easy: The tool is designed to be fast and intuitive; a fewclicks and a user quickly zeros in on a few products and can compare theirdifferences and benefits in clear, straightforward language.

It`s about solutions: There are more than 30 branded products offeringallergy relief, including prescription and non-prescription remedies, andcounting generics that number slips over 100. Iodine`s new allergy tool is allabout narrowing a confusing barrage of products into a handful of options.

It`s trustworthy: Iodine`s data combines information from the FDA, fromthe pharmaceutical manufacturer, and our team of pharmacists and doctors togive people validated health information. Iodine is registered with theNational Association of Boards of Pharmacy as an approved advertiser.

It`s new: This is a brand newtool powered by cutting-edge algorithms -- there`s nothing like it onWebMD, Drugs.com, or any other health sites.

The tool can be found atiodine.com/allergies

Why we launched it:

· 2015 could be the worst allergy season ever.

· 1 in 5 Americans (~ 50 million adults) suffer fromseasonal allergies, a rate that is climbing annually - and should climb fasterthanks to climate change.

· Allergies prompted more than 13 million doctor visitslast year.

· Many people are taking the wrong medications for theirneeds: Claritin, for instance, is intended for short-term use, though manypeople use it long-term, when it tends to no longer work.

About Iodine

Iodine, Inc. is dedicated to givingindividuals a better way to make good health decisions, built from medicalresearch and a community of real people. The company`s online interactive toolsenable individuals to gain deeper insights into their choices aboutmedications, both prescription and over-the-counter. Iodine`s vision is tocreate a network of millions of people, sharing their experience with whatworks - and what doesn`t - towards a common goal: to make it easier to get personalized,trustworthy guidance on medical decisions, every day. Iodine was founded in SanFrancisco in 2013 and launched Iodine.com in 2014. The company is staffed by ateam of data scientists, designers, and healthcare experts. Iodine has beencalled "The Yelp of medicine" by TIME. More information is availableat www.iodine.com.

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