How Much Electricity Are My Appliances Using?

11 October, 2021
How much electricity are my appliances using?

Whether you want to cut down your electricity bill to save money or are concerned about the impact on the environment, there are many factors to consider. You can start by analyzing your usage. The heat in the summer months can cause us to use our a/c more. If you have a child in university and they are home for the summer, you should expect to be using your washer and dryer more often. Have you been too tired to wash the dishes by hand and rely more on your dishwasher lately?

Our lifestyle and the day-to-day choices we make impact our electric bill at the end of the month. Having a professional inspection of your home can give you some answers on how to reduce your electric bill. Cutting back on using your appliances can help save you, but knowing how much electricity each uses allows you to know just how to reduce your reliance on your appliances. Here is a breakdown of the electricity demand your home appliances make each day.

Air conditioner

During the summer, a/c is a must for most homes. Staying comfortable and cool is essential but did you know that your a/c unit can quickly rack up your electric bill? Central cooling units require up to 3,000 watts, while a window unit demands 1,800 watts.


Just as staying cool in the summer is vital for your comfort and safety, so is staying warm in the colder months. If you live in a cold climate with harsh winters, you’re probably used to seeing your electric bills increase in the winter. Electric furnaces can use up to 15,000 watts.

Space Heater

Whether you’re working or relaxing at home, it can be tempting to put on your space heater for a little extra comfort. However, these appliances can require up to 1,500 watts. If you leave a space heater on for several hours, that can add up fast.


If you bake often, your oven may be causing your electric bill to go up. Most ovens require 2,300 watts. And if you have a self-cleaning one, it takes 6,000 watts to do its job.


Compared to an oven, a microwave is less demanding on your electric bill. For every five minutes of use, they need 120 watts.


If you love toast in the morning, you’ll be happy to know that toasters demand only a small amount of electricity. Warming up two slices of bread takes 40 watts.

Toaster Oven

Unfortunately, toaster ovens are bigger consumers of electricity than toasters. Your average toaster oven consumes 750 watts.

Coffee Maker

Making your coffee at home is a good way to save money and it doesn’t require a lot of electricity. Most machines’ brew cycles take 120 watts. But it goes up if you leave the warmer on.


Keeping your food at a safe temperature means your fridge needs to be on 24/7, making it a larger electric-demanding appliance. Some estimate your refrigerator accounts for 30 percent of your home’s energy consumption. Older units can take up to 150,000 watts, while newer ones require between 34,000 and 60,000. One way to lower the electricity demand of your fridge is not to leave the door open as that requires it to work harder to keep food cold.


It’s easy to understand how nice it is to have a dishwasher cleaning up after us. At the end of a hard day, sticking dishes in the machine and pressing on takes less energy from us but it will show up on your electricity bill. A typical cycle uses up to 2,170 watts. However, selecting the energy-saving cycle will only consume 500 watts as it air dries your dishes.

Washing Machine

Washing in hot water can cost you more and also damage your laundry. Hot water cycles use 6,300 watts, while a cold water cycle requires 2,300 watts. Washers are considered the second most electric-demanding appliances in a home. However, you can counter that by using cold water and shorter settings.


A clothes dryer can use up to 4,000 watts if you use the highest heat setting.


One of the most popular forms of entertainment, our TVs can make up to 12 percent of your electricity needs. The type of television you have can impact how much electricity it needs. LED screens can use up to 100 watts of power, while LCD screens require 150 watts. Plasma screens can take up to 300 watts of electricity. One way to cut the electricity cost of your TV is to avoid using the standby feature. Instead, turn it completely off, so it’s not using as much electricity.


Your laptop or desktop can account for nearly eight percent of your home’s electric bill. While many of us have been working from home during the pandemic, we’ve likely all seen an increase in our electric bills. While most laptops use around 50 watts of electricity, a desktop may use up to 200 watts. Some ways to reduce that cost are to avoid using the sleep or standby feature, lower the screen’s brightness, turn off the screen saver and don’t plug in computer appliances like a printer unless you need to.

Cutting Your Electricity Costs

Reducing the amount of electricity that your home consumes can help save you money and be good for the environment. Changing how you use your appliances is an excellent way to cut back on your electric bills.

For more information about your home’s electricity use or how to conserve energy, call Hi-Lite Electric at (416) 241-9296 or contact us here. Our history of excellent service and our team of expert electricians in Vaughan can help you with any of your home’s electrical needs.

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