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
100W light bulb 100W 100W
25" colour TV 150W 150W
3" belt sander 1000W 1000W
60W light bulb 60W 60W
9" disc sander 1200W 1200W
Ceiling Fan 25W 75W
Clock radio 1W 2W
Clothes dryer 1000W 4000W
Coffee Maker 800W 1400W
Desktop Computer 100W 450W
Dishwasher 1200W 1500W
Electric Blanket 200W 200W
Electric Heater Fan 2000W 3000W
Electric Kettle 2000W 3000W
Electric Mower 1500W 1500W
Electric Shaver 15W 20W
Food Blender 300W 400W
Fridge / Freezer 150W 400W
Hair Blow dryer 2000W 2500W
Home Air Conditioner 1000W 4000W
Home Internet Router 5W 15W
Inkjet Printer 20W 30W
Inverter Air conditioner 1300W 1800W
Iron 1000W 1000W
Laptop Computer 50W 100W
Lawnmower 1000W 1400W
Microwave 600W 1500W
Oven 2150W 2150W
Power Shower 7500W 10500W
Scanner 10W 18W
Strimmer 300W 500W
Submersible Water Pump 400W 400W
Table Fan 10W 25W
Toaster 800W 1800W
TV (19" colour) 70W 100W
Vacuum Cleaner 200W 700W
Washing Machine 500W 500W
Water Feature 35W 35W

An important point is also to bare 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 1KW * 0.0833hours = 0.08333 kWh. So using the blanket costs roughly 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.

Comments For This Page

Really informative... It's help me in my daily routine life to save power...
By Vicky.... vl.. on 24/07/2016
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 24/07/2016
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 19/07/2016
Thanks. Desktop Computer has been updated.
By Daft Logic on 19/07/2016
My Desktop Computer consumes 450watts
On 19/07/2016
The max power output for the Home Air Conditioner has been increased to 4k W
By Daft Logic on 05/07/2016
Thanks. It's very helpful to me.
By Abishek Chendur on 04/07/2016
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 02/07/2016
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By Matthew, Ukpono on 28/06/2016
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By aylian on 25/06/2016
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!
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On 21/06/2016
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By Aditya on 20/06/2016
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On 20/06/2016
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On 15/06/2016
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By Neeraj on 15/06/2016
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On 14/06/2016
Semi automatic washing have two motors for washing other for spinning of different wattage if i am correct these are 500watt & 250 watt
On 12/06/2016
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On 09/06/2016
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On 07/06/2016
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On 06/06/2016
Hi, (re Fridge) yes lower is better/cheaper
By Daft Logic on 06/06/2016
the information on 100w bulbs seems to be out of date. you can only buy the energy-saving version nowadays.
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On 05/06/2016

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