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The table below shows the approximate average power consumption for a variety of household appliances. The majority of mains powered electrical appliances nowadays have a standard rating in watts (W) printed somewhere on the device which is usually fairly accurate. To find out the exact consumption, plug the appliance into a watt meter which are available through many electrical retailers which as Maplin or Rapid.

The ratings below can be used as examples of power consumption.

Appliance Watts
Coffee pot 200
Coffee maker 800
Toaster 800-1500
Popcorn Maker 250
Blender 300
Microwave 600-1500
Waffle iron 1200
Hot plate 1200
Frying pan 1200
Dishwaher 1200-1500
Gbg. disposal 450
Washing machine (automatic) 500
Washing machine (manual) 300
Vaccuum (upright) 200-700
Vaccuum (handheld) 100
Sewing Machine 100
Iron 1000
Clothes dryer (electric (n/a)) 4000
Clothes dryer (gas heated) 300-400
Furnace blower 300-1000
Air Conditioner (room) 1000
Air Conditioner (central) 2000-5000
Electric mower (n/a) 1500
Garage door opener 350
Ceiling fan 10-50
Table fan 10-25
Electric blanket 200
Blow dryer 1000
Shaver 15
Computer (laptop) 20-50
Computer (desktop) 80-150
Computer (printer) 100
Typewriter 80-200
TV (25" color) 150
TV (19" color) 70
TV (12" B&W) 20
VCR 40
CD player 35
Portable stereo 10-30
Clock radio 1
Car stereo 8
Sattelite dish 30
CB radio 5
Electric clock 3
Radio telephone (receive) 5
Radio telephone (transmit) 40-150
Lights (100w incan.) 100
Lights (25w CF) 28
Lights (50w DC incan.) 50
Lights (40w DC halogen) 40
Lights (20w CF) 22
Compact Fluorescent (CF)
vs. Incandescent Wattage
40 watt incan. 11 watt CF
60 watt incan. 16 watt CF
75 watt incan. 20 watt CF
100 watt incan. 30 watt CF
Hedge trimmer 450
Weed eater 500
1/4" drill 250
1/2" drill 750
1" drill 1000
9" disc sander 1200
3" belt sander 1000
12" chain saw 1100
14" band saw 1100
7 1/4" circ. saw 900
8 1/4" circ. saw 1400
Refrig./Freezer (20 cubic feet) 540
Refrig./Freezer (16 cubic feet) 475