How Much Electricity Do You Use?
Those household watts add up fast! Take the first step to creating a cost-effective, energy efficient and solar-powered home by monitoring your current energy usage. The following chart will get you started by giving you a better understanding of the amount of electricity used by common household devices. 

Home Power Monitoring Chart
 
Survival Appliances
Rated Watts
Surge Watts
 
Incandescent lights
75 each
75 each
 
Refrigerator (1/4 HP)
500
2000
 
Freezer (1/4 HP)
600
1200
 
Sump Pump
800
2000
 
Water Pump (1 HP)
1900
5700
 
Water Pump (2 HP)
2500
7500
 
Heating
 
 
 
Furnace Fan (1/2 HP)*
875
2300
 
Electric Blanket
400
400
 
Space Heater
1800
1800
 
Heat Pump*
4700
12000
 
Cooling
 
 
 
Dehumidifier
650
800
 
Attic Fan*
300
900
 
Table Fan
800
2000
 
Window Air Conditioner
1200
4800
 
Central Air (10k BTU)*
1500
6000
 
Central Air (24k BTU)*
3800
15000
 
Central Air (40k BTU)*
6000
24000
 
Family Room
 
 
 
Computer System: CPU, Monitor, Laser Printer
1500
1500
 
UPS System
2000
2500
 
CD Player
100
100
 
VCR
100
100
 
Radio
100
100
 
Television
300
300
 
Receiver
420
420
 
Kitchen
Rated Watts
Surge Watts
 
Microwave
800
800
 
Blender
300
900
 
Coffee Maker
1500
1500
 
Electric Range (1 element)
1500
1500
 
Toaster (2-slice)
1000
1600
 
Dishwasher (Hot Dry)
1500
3000
 
Electric Oven
3410
3410
 
Laundry Room
 
 
 
Iron
1200
1200
 
Washing Machine
1150
3400
 
Gas Clothes Dryer
700
2500
 
Electric Clothes Dryer
5400
6750
 
Power Tools
 
 
 
Hand Drill (1/4 inch)
350
350
 
Hand Drill (1/2 inch)
600
600
 
Skill Saw (7.25 inch)
1800
2600
 
Band Saw (14 inch)
1100
1400
 
Circular Saw (6.5 inch)
800
1400
 
Sawzall
750
1400
 
Drills (3/8 inch)
440
600
 
Contractor Tools
 
 
 
Air Compressor (1 HP)
1500
4500
 
High-Pressure Washer (1 HP)
1200
3600
 
Submersible Pump (400 gph)
200
400
 
Electric Chainsaw (1/2 HP)
900
900
 
Electric Motors
 
 
 
1/6 HP Motor
300
850
 
1/4 HP Motor
400
1150
 
1/3 HP Motor
475
1325
 
1/2 HP Motor
650
1800
 
3/4 HP Motor
900
2500
 
1 HP Motor
1000
2800
 
1-1/2 HP Motor
1700
4800
 
2 HP Motor
2000
5900
 
3 HP Motor
3200
9000
 
5 HP Motor
5000
13750
 
Other Important Items
 
 
 
Security System*
500
500
 
Deep Freezer
500
1000
 
Hair Dryer
1200
1200
 
Garage Door Opener (1/3 HP)
750
750
 
Electric Water Heater*
4000
4000
 
How Much Do Those Watts Cost?
The below chart from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) book "
Energy Savers" [hyperlink: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/consumer/tips/index.html] shows you how those extra watts add up into nickels and dimes over time.
Household
Cost/Period
Auto engine heater (500 watt)
4.7¢ / hour
 
Aquarium 30 gallon
$4.17 / month
 
Clock
18¢ / month
 
Curling Iron
1.5¢ / hour
 
Battery Charger (car)
5.1¢ / hour
 
Bug Zapper
$7.57 / month
 
Computer w/Monitor, Printer
88.2¢ / week
 
Electric Blanket (125 watt)
9.2¢ / 8 hours
 
Garage Door Opener
2.8¢ / month
 
Hair Dryer (hand held)
11.3¢ / hour
 
Heat Lamp
2.4¢ / hour
 
Jacuzzi (maintain temperature)
$1.20 / day
 
Lighting (incandescent) 75 watt
7.0¢ / 10 hours
 
Lighting (compact fluorescent) 18 watt
1.6¢ / 10 hours
 
Lighting (fluorescent) 4’40 watt
3.8¢ / 10 hours
 
Lighting (outdoor flood) 125 watt
11.6¢ / 10 hours
 
Motor (1 HP)
9.20¢ / hour
 
Power Tools (circular saw)
16.7¢ / hour
 
Radio
12.5¢ / 10 hours
 
Satellite Dish (incl. receiver)
$6.09 / month
 
Stereo
18.9¢ / 10 hours
 
Television (color, solid state)
26.0¢ / 10 hours
 
DVD/VCR
2.6¢ / hour
 
Waterbed Heater (300 watt)
$10.00 / month
 
 
Laundry
Cost/Period
Clothes Dryer
47¢ / load
 
Clothes Washer (cold/cold)
2.8¢ / load
 
Clothes Washer (warm/cold)
12.8¢ / load
 
Clothes Washer (hot/warm)
34.2¢ / load
 
Iron
9.2¢ / hour
 
 
Space Conditioning
Space/Period
Air Conditioner (12,000 BTU, window) 8 SEER
$28.25 / month
 
Air Conditioner (36,000 BTU, central) 13 SEER
$51.25 / month
 
AC Dehumidifier (20 pints, summer)
$14.99 / month
 
Heater (portable) 1500 watt
14.0¢ / hour
 
Heating System (blower)
$8.32 / month
 
Heat tape (30 ft., 6 watts per foot)
$11.93 / month
 
Humidifier (winter)
$2.66 / month
 
Fan (attic)
$2.64 / month
 
Fan (ceiling, lights off)
9.2¢ / 10 hours
 
 
Kitchen
Cost/Period
Bread Machine
7.2¢ / loaf
 
Coffee Maker (auto drip)
2.6¢ / brew
 
Convection Oven
9.2¢ / hour
 
Dishwasher
22.8¢ / load
 
Freezer (man. defrost, 15 cu. ft.) 1975
$5.55 / month
 
Freezer (man. defrost, 15 cu. ft.) 2003
$2.75 / month
 
Fry Pan
10.0¢ / hour
 
Microwave Oven
14.3¢ / hour
 
Range (oven)
12.8¢ / hours
 
Range (self cleaning cycle)
57¢ / cleaning
 
Refrigerator (frost-free, 21.5 cu. ft.) 1975
$13.86 / month
 
Refrigerator (frost-free, 21.5 cu. ft.) 2006
$3.55 / month
 

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Phone: 601-656-6161