So, what does kilowatt hour mean? A kilowatt hour, or kWh, is how energy is measured and is commonly used as a billing unit for the energy delivered to customer by
How much is a kilowatt hour? A kilowatt hour is equal to 1,000 watts of energy used over the course of an hour. Your electricity or gas provider uses this unit of energy to calculate how much they should charge you for the power your home or business consumes.
Different makes and models of appliances use varying levels of energy but, to give you a rough idea of how much energy a kilowatt hour represents, it may be approximately equivalent to boiling a kettle 10 times or spending two days on your laptop.
You can be much more precise than this, however. It’s straightforward enough to work out how many kilowatt hours specific electrical devices use. Most of the appliances you find in your home or workplace are rated in watts. This information should be provided on the product label. If you can’t find it there, check the owner’s manual. Once you have the energy rating in watts, convert it into kilowatts by dividing it by 1,000 and then multiply this figure by the number of hours you use the device for. For example, if a desktop computer has a power rating of 100 watts and you use it on average for eight hours a day, it will consume 0.8kWh of electricity per day.