Electricity use and appliances

Knowing how much energy your appliances use can help you manage your electricity more efficiently. We're providing this table to help you understand the average monthly electricity consumption and cost associated with common household appliances.

There are some important things you can do to help you further save money and energy when using appliances:

  • If you're on a Time-of-Use electricity price plan, use appliances between 7 PM and 7 AM when demand for electricity is low and time-of-use pricing is off-peak (less expensive).
  • If you're on a Tiered price plan, keep your consumption under the Tiered price threshold so you can use electricity at the lower price. 
  • Run your appliance only when it is full.
  • Look for ENERGY STAR qualified models.

Learn more ways to save energy and money from our page Conservation tips.

Appliance usage chart

This table shows you approximately how much electricity appliances use and should only be used as a guide to help you manage your electricity more efficiently. Your household's use may vary from these figures.

Major energy users (effective January 1, 2018) - Source: www.torontohydro.com
Group type Appliance type Approx. wattage Avg. monthly hours of use Avg. monthly kWh Avg. monthly cost based on Avg. TOU price
(Approximation based on industry partner information)
Seasonal-Summer A/C (central) 2.5 tons 3500 300 1050 $112.95
A/C (room) 6,000 BTU 750 350 262.5 $28.24
A/C (room) 9,000 BTU 1050 350 367.5 $39.53
Furnace fan motor (intermittent) 350 160 56 $6.02
Furnace fan motor (continuous) 350 720 252 $27.11
Dehumidifier 350 250 87.5 $9.41
Swimming pool 1/2 HP 900 600 540 $58.09
Filter motor 3/4 HP 1200 600 720 $77.45
1.0 HP 1500 600 900 $96.81
1.5 HP 2100 600 1260 $135.54
Swimming pool heater 5000 600 3000 $322.71
Ceiling fan 60 200 12 $1.29
Fan (portable) 115 200 23 $2.47
Seasonal-Winter Block heater 500 150 75 $8.07
Electric heater (portable) 1500 300 450 $48.41
Furnace fan motor (intermittent) 350 160 56 $6.02
(Continuous) 350 720 252 $27.11
Oil furnace (burner) 260 192 50 $5.38
Heat exchange/HRV's 125 510 63.75 $6.86
Humidifier (portable) 100 250 25 $2.69
Ceiling fan 60 200 12 $1.29
Christmas lights 250 60 15 $1.61
Domestic appliances Air cleaner (room & furnace) 40 400 16 $1.72
Clothes dryer 5000 20 100 $10.76
Clothes washer 500 10 5 $0.54
Computer (monitor & printer) 200 100 20 $2.15
Dishwasher 1300 10 13 $1.40
Food freezer 350 60 21 $2.26
Microwave oven 1000 5 5 $0.54
Stove (oven) 5000 100 500 $53.79
Fridge 500 150 75 $8.07
Television 100 200 20 $2.15
Water bed heater 500 150 75 $8.07
Water heater typical family of 6 3500 200 700 $75.30
typical family of 4 3500 118 413 $44.43
typical family of 2 3500 80 280 $30.12
Lighting details Chandelier (5 Lamps 60W each) 300 100 30 $3.23
Ceiling fixture (3 lamps 60W each) 180 100 18 $1.94
Incandescent light bulb (60W) 60 100 6 $0.65
Fluorescent fixture (2 Tube 4 ft.) 96 100 9.6 $1.03
Compact fluorescent 13W (60W Equiv) 13 100 1.3 $0.14
Kitchen miscellaneous Broiler 1400 8 11.2 $1.20
Coffee maker 900 10 9 $0.97
Blender 390 1 0.39 $0.04
Frying pan (electric) 1150 15 17.25 $1.86
Deep fat fryer 1500 8 12 $1.29
Kettle 1500 4 6 $0.65
Toaster oven 1500 2 3 $0.32
Hot plate 1320 2 2.64 $0.28
Other miscellaneous Ceiling fan 60 200 12 $1.29
Heating pad 65 23 1.495 $0.16
Iron (hand) 1000 6 6 $0.65
Hair dryer (portable) 1000 6 6 $0.65
Electric blanket 180 90 16.2 $1.74
Fan (portable) 115 200 23 $2.47
Lawn mower 1500 2 3 $0.37
Stereo 30 30 0.9 $0.10
Stereo/CD 50 30 1.5 $0.16
VCR/DVD 40 10 0.4 $0.04
Vacuum cleaner (portable) 800 4 3.2 $0.34
(central) 1600 4 6.4 $0.69