Common Appliance Wattages

Power Consumption Charts

POWER CALCULATIONS:

Some items are only used for a short amount of time and not continuously throughout the day. A 300-watt appliance used for 5 minutes per day will only consume 25-watt hours per day.


How Much Power Do Your Home Appliances Use?

The table below shows approximate appliance wattage ratings for the items listed. Keep in mind that your specific appliance may vary and this table is just a guideline. For more accurate appliance wattages, check the rating on the appliance or use a kilowatt meter to measure the energy usage. Multiply the hours used on an average day by the wattage listed below. This will give you the watt-hours consumed per day.

Some items are only used for a short amount of time, and not continuously throughout the day. A 300-watt item used for 5 minutes per day will only consume 25- watt hours per day. Newer, more efficient models may require less power consumption. Most appliances are now equipped with an energy star rating that will tell you the appliance wattage usage per month and year.


Surge Rating

When sizing your DC to AC power inverter, be sure to plan for the surge rating on your appliance. An 800-watt washing machine has a surge rating of 3000 watts, be sure to choose a power inverter that will handle the surge rating. In this case, a 1500 watt inverter should do.


Kitchen Appliances

Appliance Watts Appliance Watts
Blender500Coffee Machine1000
Dishwasher1200-1500Chest Freezer (15 cu.ft.)*1080 Wh/Day
Refrigerator (16 cu.ft.)*1200 Wh/DayGarbage Disposal450
Microwave1000Electric Oven1200
Toaster850Toaster Oven1200

 

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*To estimate the number of hours that a refrigerator actually operates at its maximum wattage, divide the total time the refrigerator is plugged in by three. Refrigerators, although turned "on" all the time, actually cycle on and off as needed to maintain interior temperatures.

 

Lighting

Appliance Watts Appliance Watts
CFL Bulb: 40W Equivalent11LED Bulb - 40W Equivalent10
CFL Bulb - 60 W Equivalent18LED Bulb - 60W Equivalent13
CFL Bulb: 75W Equivalent20LED Bulb - 75W Equivalent18
CFL Bulb: 100W Equivalent30LED Bulb - 75W Equivalent23
Incandescent 50 Watt50Halogen - 40 Watt40
Incandescent 100 Watt100

Task lighting typically consumes less power than overhead lighting because task lights give you more flexibility than a large central light. Timers are great for making sure lights are not left on longer than intended and motion sensing lights will only run when you really need them. You can find DC timers and LED Floodlights on our website to optimize your lighting efficiency.

Heating & Cooling

Appliance Watts Appliance Watts
Box Fan200Furnace Fan Blower800
Ceiling Fan120Space Heater NA1500
Central Air Conditioner - 24,000 BTU NA3800Window Air Conditioner 12,000 BTU NA3250
Central Air Conditioner - 10,000 BTU NA1200Window Air Conditioner 10,000 BTU NA1200


Water

Appliance Watts Appliance Watts
Well Pump - 1/3 1HP750120V 50 Gal Water Heater - Electric1125
220V Tankless Water Heater - Electric18000240V 50 Gal Water Heater - Electric4500


Using a natural gas or propane heater will reduce the amount of electricity you'll have to produce using wind, solar or hydropower.

Laundry

Appliance Watts Appliance Watts
Electric Clothes Dryer3000Top Loading Washer800
Gas Clothes Dryer1800Iron1200

Office

Appliance Watts Appliance Watts
Desktop Computer (Standard)200LCD Monitor100
Laptop100Modem7
Printer100Router7
Smart Phone - Recharge6Tablet - Recharge8

Living Room / Electronics

Appliance Watts Appliance Watts
LCD Television150Blu Ray DVD Player15
Plasma Television200Standard DVD Player15
Satellite Dish25Cable Box35
Stereo Receiver450Video Game Console35


TVs, Computers, and other devices left plugged in but not turned on still draw power. Using a power strip with an on/off switch will ensure that you fully power down phantom loads on appliances.

Tools

Appliance Watts Appliance Watts
Band Saw: 1/4"1100Disc Sander: 9"1200
Belt Sander: 3"1000Drill: 1/4"250
Chain Saw1100Drill: 1"1000
Circular Saw: 7 1/4"900Hedge Trimmer450
Circular Saw: 8 1/4"1400Weed Eater500

Cleaning & Personal Care

Appliance Watts Appliance Watts
Vacuum1000Clock Radio7
Sewing Machine100Hair Dryer1500
Dehumidifier280Electric Shaver15
Humidifier200Curling Iron150
Electric Blanket200


Phantom Loads

Secret sources of power consumption

A phantom load is energy consumed by an appliance when switched "off." Some electronics feature displays or LED lights or are continuously searching for a signal. These loads consume very little power, but over time they waste a lot of energy. Unplugging appliances such as TVs, DVD players, stereos, etc. will save power and reduce the overall amount of power you have to produce and store.

Using a simple power strip that can be unplugged or switched off is an easy way to eliminate phantom loads.