Power Consumption of Household Appliances

Are you looking for a backup generator for your household? Then you need to know how much power you will need. That is why we have decided to create this list of rough estimates of wattage consumption of the most common household appliances that people want to keep running at all costs.

We hope these tables & charts will help you to better estimate how big and powerful generator you will need as a backup source of power. Don’t forget to inspect each appliance / power tool in your home individually to see the correct wattage consumption numbers.

Our data is gathered from reputable government websites, popular generator manufacturers like Honda, Generac or Yamaha and merchants like Lowe’sSears or Home Depot.

Let’s check out our electrical appliances power consumption table below:

Essential Appliances

Estimated wattage
Household Appliances Rated (Running) Watts Additional Surge Watts
Evaporative AC 2,600 W 0 W
Heat Pump 4,700 W 4,500 W
Humidifier (13 Gal.) 175 W 0 W
Electric Water Heater 4,000 W 0 W
Well Water Pump (1/2 HP) 1,000 W 2,100 W
Window AC (10,000 BTU) 1,200 W 3,600 W
Window AC (12,000 BTU) 3,250 W 9,750 W
Central AC (10,000 BTU) 1,500 W 4,500 W
Central AC (24,000 BTU) 3,800 W 11,400 W
Sump Pump (1/3 HP) 800 W 1,300 W
Sump Pump (1/2 HP) 1,050 W 2,150 W
Furnace Fan Blower (1/3 HP) 700 W 1,400 W
Furnace Fan Blower (1/2 HP) 800 W 2,350 W
Garage Door Opener (1/2 HP) 875 W 2,350 W
Light Bulb (Common) 75 W 0 W
Space Heater 1,800 W 0 W
Ceiling Fan 60 W 70 W
Dehumidifier 240 W 0 W
Tube Light (1500mm) 22 W 0 W
Night Light 1 W 0 W
Electric Heater (Fan) 2,000 W 1,000 W
Electric Thermal Radiator 500 W 0 W
Light Bulb (LED) 9 W 0 W
Electric Water Heater (Tankless) 6,600 W 2,200 W
Electric Water Heater (Immersion) 3,000 W 0 W
Oversink Water Heater (Hand Wash) 3,000 W 0 W
Central AC (40,000 BTU) 6,000 W 6,700 W

Kitchen Appliances

Estimated wattage
Household Appliances Rated (Running) Watts Additional Surge Watts
Toaster 850 W 0 W
Microwave 1,000 W 0 W
Refrigerator / Freezer 700 W 2,200 W
Coffee Maker 1,000 W 0 W
Electric Stove (8" Element) 2,100 W 0 W
Wine Cooler (18 Bottles) 83 W 0 W
Deep Freezer 500 W 1,500 W
Electric Can Opener 170 W 0 W
Dishwasher 1,500 W 1,500 W
Food Processor/Blender 400 W 0 W
Electric Kettle 1,200 W 3,000 W
Food Dehydrator 800 W 0 W
Fryer 1,000 W 0 W
Pressure Cooker 700 W 0 W
Rice Cooker 200 W 500 W
Slow Cooker 160 W 20 W
Steriliser 650 W 0 W
Water Dispenser 100 W 0 W
Sandwich Maker 700 W 300 W
Percolator 800 W 300 W
Electric Oven 2,150 W 0 W
Espresso Coffee Machine 1,300 W 200 W
Induction Hob (Per Hob) 1,400 W 400 W
Cooker Hood 20 W 10 W
Air Fryer 1,500 W 0 W
Water Filter & Cooler 70 W 30 W
Hot Water Dispenser 1,200 W 100 W
Side-by-Side Fridge 800 W 1,200 W
Modern Fridge (2001-2020) 400 W 600 W
Smart Fridge 500 W 750 W

Laundry Appliances

Estimated wattage
Household Appliances Rated (Running) Watts Additional Surge Watts
Clothes Dryer (Gas) 700 W 1,800 W
Clothes Dryer (Electric) 5,400 W 6,750 W
Hair Dryer 1,250 W 0 W
Iron 1,200 W 0 W
Washing Machine 1,150 W 2,250 W
Curling Iron 1,500 W 0 W
Electric Shaver 15 W 20 W
Vacuum Cleaner 200 W 200 W
Bathroom Towel Heater 60 W 90 W
Extractor Fan 12 W 0 W
Electric Shaver 15 W 5 W
Heated Bathroom Mirror 50 W 50 W
Steam Iron 2,200 W 300 W
Straightening Iron 75 W 300 W
Power Shower 7,500 W 10,500 W

Entertainment Appliances

Estimated wattage
Household Appliances Rated (Running) Watts Additional Surge Watts
Laptop 50 W 0 W
Stereo 450 W 0 W
Television (22" LED) 17 W 0 W
Television (49" LED) 85 W 0 W
Television (82" LED) 230 W 65 W
Television (CRT) 500 W 0 W
VCR / DVD Player 100 W 0 W
Video Game System 40 W 0 W
Monitor 200 - 250 W 0 W
Home Internet Router 5 W 15 W
Home Phone 3 W 5 W
Playstation 4 85 W 5 W
Nintendo Switch AC Adapter 7 W 33 W
Amazon Echo 3 W 0 W
Amazon Echo Show 2 W 2 W
Apple TV 3 W 3 W
Computer Monitor 25 W 5 W
Desktop Computer 100 W 350 W
Xbox One 50 W 60 W
Mi Box 5 W 2 W
Set Top Box 27 W 3 W
Home Sound System 95 W 0 W
Guitar Amplifier 20 W 10 W
AV Receiver 450 W 0 W

Other Appliances

Estimated wattage
Household Appliances Rated (Running) Watts Additional Surge Watts
Clock Radio 50 - 200 W 0 W
Fax 60 - 80 W 0 W
Printer (Laser) 600 W 200 W
Printer (Inkjet) 20 W 10 W
Security System 500 W 0 W
Garage Door Opener (1/2 HP) 875 W 2,350 W
Copy Machine 1,600 W 0 W
Cell Phone Battery Charger 25 W 0 W
Outdoor Light String 250 W 0 W
Electric Mower 1,500 W 0 W
Paper Shredder 200 W 220 W
Projector 220 W 270 W
Scanner 10 W 18 W
Electric Trimmer 300 W 500 W
Treadmill 280 W 900 W
Tablet Charger 10 W 5 W
Sewing Machine 70 W 10 W
Air Purifier 25 W 5 W
DAB Mains Radio 5 W 4 W
EV Home Charger 1,600 W 1,800 W
Electric Blanket 200 W 0 W
Electric Doorbell Transformer 2 W 0 W
Water Feature 35 W 0 W
Fan (Pedestal) 50 W 10 W
Fan (Table) 10 W 15 W
Fan (Wall) 45 W 15 W
2-Way Radio (12A) 360 W 0 W
2-Way Radio (23A) 840 W 0 W
2-Way Radio (35A) 960 W 0 W

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5 thoughts on “Power Consumption of Household Appliances”

  1. I am wanting to use a Ryobi 1200W petrol generator to charge a Nissan Leaf 2013 and cannot find a Safety load to allow this to work.
    What do I need to add in to achieve Charging ?
    My intent is to have a Reserve Power Supply for very long trips between Superchargers !!!
    Yours in Faith
    John S Croawell

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