List of the Power Consumption of Typical Household Appliances

Turn that TV off if you're not watching it! It's wasting electrically!

How much electricity is it really wasting?, and would it not be better to switch off the 4 lights in the room?

The best way to compare the cost of running different appliances is to look at their power consumption, which is measure of how much power they use in Watts. The following list points out typical values for the wattage of some devices you would find in your home so that you can compare them.

Appliance Minimum Maximum Standby References
100W light bulb (Incandescent) 100W 100W 0W [1]
25" colour TV 150W 150W N/A
3" belt sander 1000W 1000W N/A
60W light bulb (Incandescent) 60W 60W 0W [1]
9" disc sander 1200W 1200W N/A
Ceiling Fan 25W 75W 0W
Clock radio 1W 2W N/A
Clothes Dryer 1000W 4000W N/A
Coffee Maker 800W 1400W N/A
Cordless Drill Charger 70W 150W N/A
Desktop Computer 100W 450W N/A [1]
Dishwasher 1200W 1500W N/A
Electric Blanket 200W 200W N/A
Electric Heater Fan 2000W 3000W N/A
Electric Kettle 1200W 3000W 0W
Electric Mower 1500W 1500W N/A
Electric Shaver 15W 20W N/A
Food Blender 300W 400W N/A
Fridge / Freezer 150W 400W N/A
Game Console 120W 200W N/A [1]
Hair Blow dryer 1800W 2500W N/A
Home Air Conditioner 1000W 4000W N/A
Home Internet Router 5W 15W N/A
Hot Water Immersion Heater 3000W 3000W N/A
Inkjet Printer 20W 30W N/A
Inverter Air conditioner 1300W 1800W N/A
Iron 1000W 1000W N/A
Laptop Computer 50W 100W N/A
Lawnmower 1000W 1400W N/A
LED Light Bulb 7W 10W 0W [1][2]
Microwave 600W 1700W 3W [1][2]
Oven 2150W 2150W N/A
Power Shower 7500W 10500W 0W [1]
Rice Cooker 200W 250W N/A
Scanner 10W 18W N/A
Smart Phone Charger 4W 7W N/A
Strimmer 300W 500W N/A
Submersible Water Pump 400W 400W N/A
Table Fan 10W 25W N/A
Tablet Charger 10W 15W N/A
Tablet Computer 5W 10W N/A [1]
Toaster 800W 1800W 0W [1]
TV (19" colour) 40W 100W 1W [1]
Vacuum Cleaner 200W 700W 0W
Washing Machine 500W 500W N/A
Water Dispenser 100W 100W N/A [1]
Water Feature 35W 35W N/A
Water Filter and Cooler 70W 100W N/A [1]

An important point is also to bear in mind the length of time for which the device will be used. For example an electric blanket may be used for 2 hours, but a hair drier for 5 minutes. Therefore the blanket uses 200W * 2 hours = 0.4kWh. The hair drier uses 2KW * 0.0833hours = 0.1666kWh. So using the blanket costs roughly 2.5 times as much as the hair drier.

All values reported here are estimates, you should check the appliance labels or literature to find out the correct power consumption.

Further Reading and Relevant Articles

Light Bulb Power Consumption

Some relevant online articles for further information and reading.

Does Having Appliances on Standby Use Power? [ ]

Comments For This Page

Thank You. I found it helpful
On 7th September 2018
thank you

On 10th August 2018
Awesome! Thank you so much I have just received an 800$ power bill I have something to show my husband!!!!!!!
By JEWELZ on 12th July 2018
Inverter kitna watt consume karta hai
By Bhushan on 5th July 2018
Gizzmo, it applies to appliances no mater where they are.
By Daft Logic on 20th June 2018
Is this chart for use with UK appliance's

Gizmo on 20th June 2018
By Gizzmo on 20th June 2018
Found it very usefull when buying my first Portable Inverter generator, which will allow me to power all of my home Observatory electrical equipment
By Green Dragon { U.K. } on 10th June 2018
Water Dispenser has been added
By Daft Logic on 13th April 2018
What about water dispenser
By Pradeep Joshi on 12th April 2018
this house doesn't have fridge

By aa on 13th March 2018
Do Ecg officers delete previous readings from the meter before reading current one or they continue from the previous month and subtract the current one from it? I want to know please.
On 16th January 2018
Thankyou for this Site it has been a help.
In the last year I upgraded my appliances etc cut down standbys and total power.Just 2years ago switched all house lights from 24w Energy saver to 8/10 w LED which cut the yearly power 7818 KWH to 6943KWH just on changing over to LED Lights. I have used the Clever watts meter to determine individual useage of appliances
Then upgraded appliances and in last year from 6943KWH to an unbelievable 2863KWH.There have been improvements in Appliances over the year.
The Major was changing the Immersion water heater (3300Watts) to an inverter water heater (1250Watts) Taking the waterheating Useage from 3509 to 1287 (saving2222KWH) for the year.An older LCD38 in TV (Useage 236w and Standby 17w) to LG 49in TV HD(Not UHD) 38w and standby 1W at average 5hrs a day from 548KWH to 78KWH per year saving 1470KWH, An old 1990s fridge to samsung INVERTER FRIDGE similar size From 1600w per day to 492w (That is from 584KWH to 182KWH per year saving . Standby for microwave 4w. I went through and put items on standbys on two surge boards , ones that could be turned off and ones that needed to stay all the time eg Broadband Fibre.All these appliances have a pay back time of about 10years each before the power savings equal the cost.There are still opportunies for further reductions as we have an old air conditioner efficiency of 2.70 whereas newest ones can have a COF near 5.Even the inverter water heater further savings are being made by having a timer on it saving 17hours a day of the 19w standby power.At present we are saving 4955 KWH per year before LED and without a solar panel in sight.There were other small improvement, I had a fan heater for a small room in winter 2400W now use a $10 400W Halogen heater instead.Appliances have changed since the data collected in 2008
By Papa2towa on 6th January 2018
Computers can use much more power. My personal PC has drawn up to 600W from the wall, and I know some who have seen it go to 1000W .
By Will on 19th December 2017
Watts are watts . 100 watts used for 1 hour is 100 watt hour or 0.1 kilowatt hours. For 1 day...multiply by 24 hours...
Equals 2.4 kilowatts.
On 19th November 2017
The unit is not watt per hour, its watt hour where 1kwh is one unit as mesured by the electricity distribution companies, so it can be used to calculate how much expenditure an appliance will cause.
On 19th October 2017
How much should a land lord charge per point
By snit on 14th October 2017
Will a good quality 1100W inverter supported by two 8D AGM batteries handle the startup and operating draw of the typical American made upright refrigerator having the Energy Star rating?
By A Andrews on 9th October 2017
Hi Pete. This is not a professional opinion, but it seems solar panel inverters do have a 'no load consumption'. This can be up to 30W, so if it is on 24hours per day, this is 720 Wh

In terms of wear and tear or any other adverse effects to switching it on and off ... not sure, perhaps you can ask the manufacturer.

Some models have a sleep mode to switch to a low power mode when there is no load detected.

By Daft Logic on 9th October 2017
I have Solar Panels that use an invertor, This is warm 24/7. Any idea how much it uses at night and is it worth switching it off from dusk to dawn or would this cause wear & tear?
By Pete E on 9th October 2017
Hot Water Immersion Heater has been added.
By Daft Logic on 4th October 2017
Could you add a Hot water emersion heater please
On 4th October 2017
these information is very useful in completing my physics project work given in school on electricity bill.
Thank you !
By prvk on 21st sept 2017
On 21st September 2017
I am using a major telecom DVR that is on constantly 24/7. What is the typical power consumption of such a device? It feeds a 40" LCD television and I am curious as to the hit I take for these. The TV is on probably 12 hours a day.
On 15th September 2017
I tried using a 750watt power inverter to run my fridge when our power went out. Ran for about 10 seconds at 600watts and then would trip the protection in the inverter at over 800watts.
By curious on 13th September 2017
Hot water heater?
On 2nd September 2017
This is helpful, it confirms something I already figured out: this 400 watt desk fan is monstrous, and electronics circa 1950 weren't built for feint of heart.
On 10th August 2017
Hi Foster, without knowing the exact numbers, I would say a newer fan would be more efficient in terms of air blown per Watt used. However a newer fan may also just push more air and use more power overall. So if you prefer a low setting I would say to look in to a new mini desk fan as there is not much point in having a large fan running on a low setting all the time.
By Daft Logic on 8th August 2017
I am using an older model (80's Panasonic F-1609H 16" desk fan) usually on low setting...Would a newer fan be significantly more power friendly?
By Foster on 6th August 2017
It was so helpful for my physics project
By Geo Jolly on 31st July 2017
Many thanks. Quite Helpful.
On 29th July 2017

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