By knowing your electric usage, you can calculate your monthly MEPCO electric bill. But how do you find out how much energy you use each month? It’s simple: You just need to know the electricity usage of each appliance and electronic device in your home.
The price of electricity is something that most consumers are aware of, but they still struggle to understand exactly how much they use. How can you know if your energy usage is too high? How can you figure out if your utility provider is trying to rip you off?
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There are lots of things that you can measure about your home. How much space do you have? What appliances and devices do you own? How many square feet does your home occupy? But one thing we often don’t think about is how much energy our homes use.
The energy consumption of a device is an important factor for energy-efficient appliances. To calculate the power consumption of a particular appliance, you will need three figures: the wattage of the appliance, the average number of hours you use it per day.
The wattage of an appliance depends on the amperage rating, not the volts. This can be confusing because it doesn’t make sense to use volts instead of amps when figuring out how much electricity is used by appliances. Wattage is a measurement of the power consumed by an appliance. You’ll find it on the nameplate of most electrical appliances, including kitchen appliances, clothes dryers, vacuum cleaners, and other small appliances. Wattage measures how much electricity an appliance uses to run, so the lower the wattage, the less electricity you’ll use.
- The wattage of the appliance should be multiplied by how many hours it is used each day
- Divide by 1000
- By multiplying by your kWh rate
To get a rough idea of how much electricity you consume at home, multiply your wattage by the number of hours you are consuming the TV. For example, if you watch five hours per day, and your TV consumes 150 watts per hour (150w x 5h = 750w), then your total consumption for that day will be 750w.
Divide 750 watt-hours by 1000 for a conversion to .75 kWh (750 ÷ 1000 = .75). Using your television costs 9 cents per day if your electricity rate is 12 cents per kWh (.75 x .12 = .09)