How can I calculate my electricity consumption?
Understanding how much electricity you use to power your home can help you lower your energy bills. Why? Because the amount of energy you consume – measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh) – is how electricity companies calculate the amount of money to charge you on your electric bill each month.
Every device or appliance in your home consumes a certain amount of electricity. The kWh each device consumes, combined with heating, cooling, and lighting, adds up to create the total amount reflected on your bill. Knowing how much power you use can help you cut back on your consumption level and, in turn, lower your monthly electricity bill.
So, how can you calculate the energy consumed in your home? You can use an energy usage calculator or follow an easy formula to determine the kWh used by your devices:
- Find the watts each item consumes per day.
- Convert the watts into kilowatts. Every one kilowatt is equal to 1,000 watts.
- Calculate how many kilowatts each item uses per month.
- Determine the cost of each item by multiplying the monthly kilowatts by your electricity rate.