How Much Power is Needed to Run an Average Home?

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Modern homes use far more electrical appliances than ever before, and as a result, much more power is required to be able to run the average home. Advancements in insulation and modern technology have gone a long way towards making the absolute most of our power usage, but there are still several actions we can take to reduce our energy consumption further.

Here we take a look at how much energy is required to run an average home, as well as some of the ways to minimise the amount you are using.

Obviously, the amount of power it takes to run a home will vary considerably based on the way you live and the amount of electrical appliances, temperature control and so on, that you use on a regular basis. It could also depend upon:

  • how big your residence is
  • the number of people living there
  • the type and number of appliances
  • when and how appliances are used
  • whether you have a pool, spa, air conditioner or other energy-hungry devices
  • the climate you live in (and therefore whether you need to use more heating than other places)

It’s relatively easy to figure out how much electricity your appliances use if you know their wattage. The wattage is usually printed on the appliance or its packaging, and is followed by a ‘W’ for watts or ‘kW’ for kilowatts. This will tell you how much electricity the appliance will use for each hour that it is running. Here are some examples to help you get an idea of the amount of energy popular electrical items use.


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