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How much electricity does an American home use?

The amount of electricity that an American home uses can vary greatly depending on a number of factors, such as the size of the home, the number of people living in the home, and the appliances and devices being used. On average, a typical American home uses about 911 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per month, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. However, this number can range from as little as about 500 kWh per month for a small home with only a few occupants, to more than 1,500 kWh per month for a large home with many occupants and a lot of energy-intensive appliances and devices.

The amount of electricity that an appliance uses can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the size and efficiency of the appliance, how often it is used, and how it is used. However, some common household appliances and their average electricity usage (in watts) are:

  • Refrigerator: 100-1,000 watts
  • Clothes washer: 300-700 watts
  • Clothes dryer: 1,000-6,000 watts
  • Dishwasher: 1,200-1,800 watts
  • Oven: 1,000-3,000 watts
  • Microwave oven: 500-1,200 watts
  • Television: 100-400 watts
  • Computer: 50-200 watts
  • Lighting: 40-100 watts per bulb

It's important to note that these are just rough estimates and the actual electricity usage of an appliance can vary depending on a number of factors. To get a more accurate idea of how much electricity an appliance is using, you can use a wattmeter or other device to measure the amount of electricity the appliance is consuming.

This chart breaks down the percentage of electricity usage for some of the most common appliances: