Measure The Value

Many electric appliances are used in the home. The chart below lists some of the appliances in your home and will give you an idea of the average length of time the appliances are used and the cost (based on 10 cents per kilowatt hour (KWH) for that length of time). These are averages and will vary with the type of appliance, age, condition, frequency of use and family lifestyles.

Electrical Terms

Watt (W): A measurement of electricity

Kilowatt hour (KWH): A kilowatt hour is 1,000 watts of electricity used for one hour. This is the same as 10 – 100 watt light bulbs burning for 1 hour.

Heating & Cooling Average Length of Time Your Appliance is Used Your KWH Electric Cost at 10¢/KWH
Electric Blanket (king size) 8 hours $0.10
Heat Pump,2.5 ton SEER=9 heating 8 hours $2.88
Heat Pump,2.5 ton SEER=14 cooling 8 hours $1.81
Air Conditioner/Central 3 ton EER=10 8 hours $1.89
Ceiling Fan, no light 8 hours $0.08
Air Conditioner, 1 ton EER=10 8 hours $1.07
Waterbed Heater, 300 W 1 Month $11.10
Portable Heater, 1.5kW 8 hours $1.23
Portable Fan, 200 W 8 hours $0.16
Lighting (Comparable Illumination) Average Length of Time Your Appliance is Used Your KWH Electric Cost at 10¢/KWH
Incandescent 75W 8 hours $0.06
Compact Fluorescent, 18W 8 hours $0.01
Kitchen Average Length of Time Your Appliance is Used Your KWH Electric Cost at 10¢/KWH
Coffeemaker, auto drip warming, 1 hour Per Hour $0.03
Dishwasher Per Load $0.23
Freezer, Manual Defrost 15 cubic foot Per Month $12.33
Frying Pan, 1200 watt Per Hour $0.12
Microwave Per Hour $0.18
Oven Per Hour $0.12
Range, electric element o.5kW Per Hour $0.05
Refrigerator, frost free 21 cubic foot Per Month $17.76
Laundry Average Length of Time Your Appliance is Used Your KWH Electric Cost at 10¢/KWH
Clothes Dryer Per Load $0.51
Clothes Washer, warm/cold Per Load $0.16
Clothes Washer, hot/warm Per Load $0.40
Iron, 1 kW Per Hour $0.10
Miscellaneous Average Length of Time Your Appliance is Used Your KWH Electric Cost at 10¢/KWH
Curling Iron Per Hour $0.01
Television, color 40 Hours $0.39
Television, black & white 40 Hours $0.12
VCR 40 Hours $0.10
Video Games 40 Hours $0.03
Spa/Hot Tub Per Hour $1.85