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
Desktop Computer 100W 450W N/A
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
Hair Blow dryer 1800W 2500W N/A
Home Air Conditioner 1000W 4000W N/A
Home Internet Router 5W 15W 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 N/A
Scanner 10W 18W N/A
Strimmer 300W 500W N/A
Submersible Water Pump 400W 400W N/A
Table Fan 10W 25W N/A
Toaster 800W 1800W 0W [1]
TV (19" colour) 40W 100W 1W [1]
Vacuum Cleaner 200W 700W 0W
Washing Machine 500W 500W N/A
Water Feature 35W 35W N/A

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

Some relevant online articles for further information and reading.

Does Having Appliances on Standby Use Power? [ ]

Comments For This Page

Hi Priya, can you explain why it is very bad please? We are always keen to improve things.
By Daft Logic on 18th October 2016
Very bad
It was useless for my project
Very bad
By Priya on 18th October 2016
Max, you have 2 good suggestions. These aren't provided currently but there will be updates made to add these in soon.
By Daft Logic on 3rd October 2016
videocon champ 14 how many watt
By arun chy on 2nd October 2016
Any references?
What about the stand-by states?
By Max on 30th September 2016
This really helped my school project
On 25th September 2016
Very helpful for the project
On 20th September 2016
Interesting information ..!!!
By Mahesh verma on 19th September 2016
very insightful
On 1st September 2016
This is interesting

On 1st September 2016
Just checking power consumption on different appliances and I found this site. Thought it was
On 30th August 2016
Very helpful
By Pinninti kranti on 26th August 2016
Thanks so much it will my customers their energy consumption.

By Nsubong Udotai on 19th August 2016
How much time.sir
On 7th August 2016
Hi Skeptical. Thanks for the feedback. There is always room to fine tune the figures on this page. There is often a range of power consumption for devices that do the same thing. I have lowered the lower range of the electric kettle. I see numerous 3k products for sale but agree with your point that there are lower power consuming models. The hair drier figures had been updated on the table in the past but the example in the text did not change in line with this, I've updated figures in the example.
By Daft Logic on 4th August 2016
Some of your wattages seem realistic but a lot don't. Even in your own example of a hair blow dryer in the chart you said 2000 - 2500 watts. In your example of total energy usage you said one kilowatt for a blow dryer. All electric kettles that I have ever seen use 1250 Watts, your chart shows 2000 - 3000 Watts.
By Skeptical on 3rd August 2016
Extremly helpful to calculate solar enrgey required by my house and no of panels required and budgeting,cost saving per month/per year/recovery etc etc
By Arun Malhotra on 31st July 2016
Really informative... It's help me in my daily routine life to save power...
By Vicky.... vl.. on 24th July 2016
Okay, so how do I work out the cost if for instance. .I have 10 globes of 40 watts=400 watt and use them for 8 hours a day and we are currently charged R1.70 per kilowatt from goverment? And my kettle that is 2000 watt and takes 5 minutes to boil? How much does it cost me?
By George on 24th July 2016
This has been helpful in making decide what load is going into my inverter batteries and how I can increase inverter battery time, based on my house load/watts.
Better turning on the standing fan then the ceiling fan, using energy saver 11/18w bulbs than higher rating.
Thanks a lot. Very helful
By Civilian colonel on 19th July 2016
Thanks. Desktop Computer has been updated.
By Daft Logic on 19th July 2016
My Desktop Computer consumes 450watts
On 19th July 2016
The max power output for the Home Air Conditioner has been increased to 4k W
By Daft Logic on 5th July 2016
Thanks. It's very helpful to me.
By Abishek Chendur on 4th July 2016
When you said home air conditioner you must have meant a small window unit air conditioner. Or maybe you only listed the power for the indoor unit. The full power draw for a whole house air conditioner is more like 3000-4000W. Inverter based whole house air conditioner is about right as listed, with a lot of "it depends".
On 2nd July 2016
Thank you very much. Really it very helpful. let me just Title it "Great Answer to Question".
By Matthew, Ukpono on 28th June 2016
very helpful tnx
By aylian on 25th June 2016
Very helpful but a 500W rating for a washing machine? I might suggest you take a reading while the water heater is on. It's a lot morw than 500W!
On 23rd June 2016
This information is really helpful, it meets me at the time I needed it most making it awesome....

Thank you very much
By Awosika Damilola Samuel on 22nd June 2016
thank you !!!
On 21st June 2016

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