# 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) 