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:

  • Use appliances between 7 PM and 7 AM when demand for electricity is low and Time-of-use pricing is off-peak
    (less expensive).
  • 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)*

Approx.
Wattage

Avg. monthly
hours of use

Avg.
monthly kWh

Avg. monthly cost based on Avg. TOU price**

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

Dehumidfier

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

*Source: www.torontohydro.com

** Approximation based on industry partner information