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These figures are approximate representations, and the actual power consumption of your appliances may vary substantially from these figures. Check the power tags, or better yet, measure the amperage draw with a clamp-on ammeter or Kill-A-Watt meter. You can usually find these at your local hardware store. Multiply the hours used on the average day by the wattage listed below. This will give you the watt-hours consumed per day.

Remember that some items, such as garage door openers, are used only for a fraction of an hour or minute per day. A 300-watt item used for 5 minutes per day will only consume 25-watt hours per day.

Where a range of numbers is given, the lower figure often denotes a technologically newer and more efficient model. The letters “NA” denotes appliances, which would normally be powered by non-electric sources in a PV powered home.

If you are considering making your own power, we strongly suggest that you invest in a true RMS digital multimeter, a clamp-on type ammeter or a Kill-A-Watt meter. It actually makes sense to know where your power is being used even if you are not producing it, and if you are, these meters are essential diagnostic tools.

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Appliance
Watts
Appliance
Watts
Appliance
Watts
Central Air Conditioner NA
5,000
Electric blanket
200
Hedge trimmer
450
Electric Clothes Dryer NA
3,400
Shaver
15
Weed eater
500
Oven
3,000
Waterpik
100
1/4” drill
250
Hair Dryer
1,538
Well Pump (1/3-1 HP)
480-1200
1/2” drill
750
Dishwasher
1200-1500
Laptop
60-250
1” drill
1000
Coffee Machine
1,500
Plasma TV
339
9” disc sander
1200
Microwave
1,500
LCD TV
213
3” belt sander
1000
Popcorn Popper
1,400
25” color TV
150
12” chain saw
1100
Toaster oven
1,200
19” color TV
70
14” band saw
1100
Hot Plate
1200
12” black and white TV
20
7-1/4” circular saw
900
Iron
1,100
Stereo
10-30
8-1/4” circular saw
1400
Toaster
1,100
Satellite dish
30
Refrigerator/ Freezer**
Microwave
500-1500
Radiotelephone - Receive
5
20 cu. ft. (AC) 1411 watt-hours/day*
Room Air Conditioner NA
1,100
Radiotelephone - Transmit
40-150
16 cu. ft. (AC)
1200 watt-hours /day*
Vacuum Cleaner
500
LIghts
  Freezer
Water heater
479
100 watt incandescent bulb
100
15 cu. ft. (Upright)
1240 watt-hours /day*
Sink Waste Disposal
450
25 watt compact fluor. bulb
28
15 cu. ft. (Chest) 1080 watt-hours /day*
Espresso Machine
360
50 watt DC incandescent
50
Cell Phone - recharge 2-4 watts
Dehumidifier
350
40 watt DC halogen
40
MP3 Player - recharge .25-.40 watts
Blender
300
20 watt DC compact fluor.
22

* TV’s,VCR’s and other devices left plugged in, but not turned on, still draw power.

**To estimate the number of hours that a refrigerator actually operates at its maximum wattage, divide the total time the refrigerator is plugged in by three. Refrigerators, although turned "on" all the time, actually cycle on and off as needed to maintain interior temperatures.

Humidifier
300-1000
CFL Bulb (60-watt equivalent)
18
Video Game Player
195
CFL Bulb (40-watt equivalent)
11
Standard TV
188
CFL Bulb (75-watt equivalent)
20
Monitor
150
CFL Bulb (100-watt equivalent)
30
Computer
120
Heaters***
 
Portable Fan
100
Engine Block Heater NA
150-1000
Ceiling Fan
100
Portable Heater NA
1500
Can Opener
100
Waterbed Heater NA
400
Curling Iron
90
Stock Tank Heater NA
100
Stereo
60
Furnace Blower
300-1000
Cable Box
20
Clothes Dryer - Gas Heated 300-400
Clock Radio
7
Well Pump (1/3-1HP) 480-1200

* The daily energy values listed here are for the most efficient units in their class and the information was obtained from Consumer Guide to Home and the General Electric website.

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