How much energy do typical appliances use?

Last updated on March 10th, 2024 at 03:39 pm

Keep in mind that every single thing that gets plugged in uses energy. In fact, many use energy even when they are not “turned on”. For example, VCRs and many electronics such as TVs and cable boxes still use energy even though they are turned off. Additionally, computers in “power save” mode are still using power, albeit a lower amount

So how much electricity do common appliances use? Let’s find out:

  • Ceiling fan: 60 watts
  • Furnace fan: 400 watts
  • Heat pump: 5000 watts
  • Central AC: 6000 watts
  • Window AC 1300 watts
  • Fluorescent lamp: 20 watts
  • Flood light: 150 watts
  • Halogen Lamp: 300 watts
  • Coffeemaker: 1200 watts
  • Blender: 300 watts
  • Crock Pot: 150 watts
  • Mixer: 200 watts
  • Tea Kettle: 1500 watts
  • Heatlamp: 250 watts
  • Iron: 1000 watts
  • Toaster: 1000 watts
  • Vaccuum: 1100 watts
  • Humidifier: 90 watts
  • Electric Clothes Dryer: 6000 watts
  • Dishwasher: 200 watts
  • Computer:95 watts
  • Computer tower: 250 watts
  • DVD player: 25 watts
  • Fax machine: 100 watts
  • Garbage Disposal: 400 watts
  • Electric blanket: 250 watts
  • Flat screen tv: 150 watts
  • Stereo: 300 watts

It is important to note that this is an average power consumption for the devices given. You should check your appliances directly – I can almost guarantee they will differ. For example, my computer monitor uses a little over 100 watts of power. Also, my small tv uses only 72 watts of power…

The next question…so what? Why do I care what each appliance uses in terms of power? Well…you are charged per kilowatt hour for hour. Meaning every hour you use 1kw of energy, you are charged the full price. So, if electricity is 10 cents per kilowatt hour and the last hour you used let’s say 2 kw of power…your electricity charge for last hour is 20 cents. (I used nice round numbers on purpose to illustrate a point.)

When you see that the less you use, the less you pay, it only makes sense to cut back and conserve electricity.

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