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Electrical Energy Cost Calculator

This is designed to give an idea of the costs of various daily things we do in our homes that are electrical in nature. This calculator is generic in that it assumes averages for various appliances. The cost per KWH is found at the top, the default is the national U.S. average cost per KWH $0.1099 as of January 2011 (found at U.S. Energy information Administration), but you can input whatever rate you pay per KWH found on your energy bill.

How much does it cost to wash a load of clothes or sleep under the electric blanket? What does it cost to leave a light on all night? We have collected national average values of energy use to find out how much you are paying to operate the different devices in your home. If you know the EXACT information for your device or appliance, you might want to see our equipment cost calculator for commercial use, or see our appliance cost calculator for residential use. You might also find our energy pollution calculator for additional information, and our carbon pollution calculator, interesting.

Dollars per KWH used in each calculation:
$ per KWH
Lighting
To find out how much your lighting costs, enter the number of bulbs you use, then choose a bulb type. (A common incandescent bulb is 60 (we have stated 60 as typical), 75 or 100 watts, and a standard fluorescent bulb is 40 (we have stated 40 as typical) or 60 watts. An outdoor spotlight or floodlight may use 150 (we have stated 150 as typical) to 500 watts. Light bulb wattage is usually printed right on the bulb. We have provided six sets of data entry fields and a wide array of lamps types for the likely event you must use different types of light bulbs. You may have to run the calculator several times for a total.
# Bulbs Wattage Hours Used
# Bulbs Wattage Hours Used
# Bulbs Wattage Hours Used
# Bulbs Wattage Hours Used
# Bulbs Wattage Hours Used
# Bulbs Wattage Hours Used
  

All of this electrical power would cost    on your electric bill.
Kitchen Appliances
In order to determine how much your kitchen appliances cost for general usage, select the appliances you want to calculate for by checking the Include box, or if applicable, the drop down box value, then select the amount of time the appliance will be on. (In the case of the dishwasher and coffee pot, you will enter the number of uses instead of minutes.) In this set of calculations, an electric water heater is assumed. These results are calculates using national averages for a typical device. Some devices will obviously vary.
Freezer Time
Refrigerator Combo Time
Range, large eye,
medium temp
Include Time
350 Degree Oven Include Time
Frypan, 1200 watts Include Time
Insta-Hot Water
750 watts, 1/2 Gallon
Include Time
Microwave Oven Time
Dishwashing # Loads
Coffee maker Include # Pots
  
All of this electrical power would cost    on your electric bill.
Laundry
To estimate the cost of your laundry appliances use, select the appliances you want to include in the calculation, then select the number of loads or the amount of time for which you will be using the selected appliance. As with the dishwasher above, we are assuming the use of an electric water heater; the dryer is also assumed electric.
Clothes Washer # Loads
Clothes Dryer, 3/4 Full, Med. Temp. Include # Loads
Clothes Dryer, Full, High Temp. Include # Loads
Iron, Medium Temp. Include Time
  
All of this electrical power would cost    on your electric bill.
Miscellaneous Appliances
To establish the operating cost to use your TV, stereo, vacuum cleaner, and many other general appliances, select the appliances you want to include in the calculation, then select the amount of time for which you will be using the appliance.
Vacuum Cleaner Time
Clock Include Time
Radio Include Time
Stereo CD Radio Tape Include Time
Home Computer System Include Time
DVD CD VCR Include Time
Small Television 13"-21" Include Time
Console Television 21"-36" Include Time
Large Screen Or
Projection TV To 80"
Include Time
Home Theater With Audio Include Time
Electric Blanket Include 8 Hours Per
500 Watt Furnace Fan Include Time
Space Heater Include Time
Ceiling Fan Include Time
Window or Room Fan Include Time
Window Air Conditioner
@ 12,000 BTUH
Include Time
  
All of this electrical power would cost    on your electric bill.
Personal Care
In this section, you can find out how much it really costs with an electric water heater to take a nice, relaxing, hot shower after a long day at work. You can also find out how much it costs to fix your hair (assuming you have hair...some of us are lucky enough not to have to worry...) in the mornings.
Shower Time Number Showers
Size Bath Number Baths
Razor Number Of Days
Curling Iron Number Of Days
Hair Dryer Number of Days
All of this electrical power would cost    on your electric bill.
Updated 6.05.11


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