What does a kilowatt-hour look like?

A kilowatt-hour (kWh) is the unit of measurement your utility uses to determine how much electricity you consume. The average U.S. household uses about 30 kWh per day, but usage can vary widely. Technically, a kWh is equivalent to using 1000 watts of power for an hour. But what does that really mean?

Using an inefficient light for 1 night after watching The Exorcist

100-watt incandescent bulb for 10 hours = 1 kWh

Using an efficient light for 5 days after watching The Exorcist

8-watt LED bulb for 125 hours = 1 kWh

Watching Titanic twice

150-watt LCD TV for 6.7 hours = 1 kWh

Binge watching an entire season of “24” on your laptop

40-watt laptop for roughly 24 hours straight = 1 kWh

720,000 trick or treaters ringing your doorbell

5-watt doorbell for one second for 200 hours = 1 kWh

Microwaving 30 Hot Pockets

1,000-watt microwave for an hour = 1 kWh

Doing 1 load of laundry using hot water

Standard clothes washer using 250 watts (machine) & 750 watts (water heating) for one cycle = 1 kWh

Doing 4 loads of laundry using cold water

Standard clothes washer using 250 watts for 4 cycles = 1 kWh

Blasting the AC for an hour

925-watt window AC unit for 1.1 hours = 1 kWh

Staying cool with your ceiling fan on for an entire day

35-watt ceiling fan for 28.6 hours = 1 kWh

Thawing your feet for 40 minutes

1,500-watt space heater for .7 hours = 1 kWh

Brewing 8 pots of coffee

1,500-watt drip brew coffee maker for .7 hours = 1 kWh

Playing NBA Jam roughly 20 times

20-watt game console on a 150-watt LCD TV for 5.9 hours = 1 kWh

Toasting 37 Pop Tarts

1100-watt toaster for .9 hours = 1 kWh