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It's easy to determine the costs of running your appliances. You can use this tool to determine the approximate energy usage and cost of most major electric appliances. The electric appliance calculator is an estimate cost of appliances. Actual costs may vary between customers. For the most accurate estimate of your home, complete an energy audits.
Help and info
Electricity is measured in kilowatt-hours (abbreviated kWh). One kilowatt-hour is
equal to the power used by ten 100-watt bulbs for one hour. The current urban charge for
electricity from WPS is
per kilowatt-hour. If you would like to change the rate used in the calculations
above, enter a new rate below and click the "Update" button.
$ per kWh
Knowing that your bill varies for a number of reasons helps you understand the "why"
of increased energy use. But it doesn't give you the "how" of managing your costs. The
chart to the right shows how we use energy in our homes. Managing your use of these items
will have the greatest impact on your bill.
Your local library can also be a great place to learn more about energy efficiency.
Many local libraries have watt meters available to their patrons. A watt meter
is a tool that measures the electric consumption of plug-in appliances. Simply plug
the watt meter into a socket and then plug an appliance or lighting fixture into the
watt meter. It is an easy way to determine how much electricity — and money — it
requires to operate various appliances.