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Energy Usage

Powerwatchers Energy Usage Chart

How Much Electricity Do Your Home Appliances Use?

Food Preparation Typical Wattage KWH Used Per Year
Coffee Maker 1,200 80
Dishwasher 1,201 170
Microwave Oven 400-1,200 40-200
Range w/Oven 12,200 500-700
Range w/Self-Cleaning Oven 12,200 600-800
Food Preservation    
Freezer-Manual Defrost 20 cu. ft. 790
Refrigerator/Freezer Manual Defrost 14 cu. ft 710
Refrigerator/Freezer Automatic Defrost 19 cu. ft. 820
Laundry    
Clothes Dryer 5,000 770
Iron (hand) 1,100 50
Automatic Washing Machine * 512 145
Water Heater ** 4,500 4,811
Comfort Conditioning    
Air Conditioner (room) ** 5,000-12,000 btu 470-1,260
Fan (ceiling) 88 50
Fan (window) 200 10-30
Fan (rollaway) 171 60
Heater (portable) 1,500 240-1,000
Furnace Fan 300-750 300-900
Health and Beauty    
Hair Dryer 1,200 20-70
Shaver 15 1
Home Entertainment    
Radio 20-50 20-50
Television (B&W Solid State) 45 90
Television (Color Solid State) 100 100-300
Home Computer 150 80-170
VCR 30 20-60

* Excluding Hot Water Consumption
** Based on Delmarva Power service territory

Conduct a Home Energy Audit

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