Skip to main navigation.

Appliance Costs

The test results required by the US Department of Energy (DOE) of all manufacturers of major home appliances are displayed on the yellow EnergyGuide label.

This label includes:

  • An estimate of how much energy the appliance uses
  • Compares energy use of similar products
  • Lists approximate annual operating costs (exact costs depend on your utility rates and type and source of your energy)

An ENERGYSTAR® qualified appliance must carry the EnergyGuide label.

Following are some simple steps for you to determine the actual cost of an appliance over a specific amount of time.

Step 1  What is the wattage of the appliance? (Typically found on the appliance serial plate - If not, the equation is: Watts = Volts x Amps)

Step 2  What is the average cost of a kilowatt hour? Equation: Average kWh cost = Recent electric bill / kilowatt hours used for the month. Example: $96 bill using 1200 kWh for the month = $0.08 per kW

Step 3  What is the kilowatt hour use of an appliance? Equation: kWh use = Watts x Hours / 1000

Step 4  What is the cost to use an appliance? (Examples below)

Examples showing estimated cost to use an appliance

Powered by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Logo
Co-op Connections savings Co-ops and energy efficiency