If you are planning to buy a new electric skillet or wondering how much electricity your existing electric skillet is consuming then this article is for you. In this article we will calculate the power consumption of an electric skillet and also look at how much does it cost to use one.
Also by the end you will learn to calculate power consumption of any electric skillet using a simple calculator.
Electric skillet are normally rated between 800 watts to 2000 watts. A 1500 watt electric skillet running for 30 minutes in a day will consume around 0.75 kWh of electricity in a day. This adds up to around 22.5 kWh of electricity in a month.
Electric Skillet Power Consumption:
The power consumption of an electric skillet (for that matter any electrical appliances) depends upon two main things,
- First is the wattage of your electric skillet,
- And second is the electricity tariff in your area.
Before we jump in to calculating the power consumption of your electric skillet, lets see what these terms are and how you can find out your electric skillet wattage and the electricity tariff of your locality.
If you already know these terms and just want to use the calculator then please scroll down to use the calculator.
What is the Wattage of an Electric Skillet:
The wattage of an electric skillet varies from 800 watts to 2000 watts, the higher the wattage, the better and more uniform heating it can provide.
You can find the wattage of your electric skillet by reading the label on it or just look for your electric skillet on amazon and you will find its wattage in the description section.
(If you don’t have time to do this, then don’t worry I have put together a table at the end which shows power consumption of a range of electric skillet with different wattages.)
If you don’t know what a watt is then here it is,
Watt is the unit of power. It means the rate at which electricity is consumed or produced by a device. For example, a 50 watt TV consumes power at a rate of 50 watts per hour, it does not mean that the TV consumed 50 units of electricity, it means it will consume power at a rate of 50 watts every hour.
So in short, the wattage of an electric skillet lies between 30 watts to 1000 watts and you can find it by looking at the label on it. With that out of the way lets look at what is electricity tariff.
What is your Electricity Tariff:
In simple words electricity tariff is the amount your electricity provider charges you for one unit (kWh) of electricity. I live in Mumbai, India here the electricity tariff is Rs 12/kWh.
(What is a Kilowatt hour (kWh) – Kilowatt hours or units of electricity is the energy consumption of a device. For example a 50 watt table fan running for 50 hours will consume 50 watt x 50 hours = 2500 watt hours = 2.5 kilowatt hours of electricity = 2.5 units of electricity. (1 kWh of electricity = 1 unit of electricity))
To find your electricity tariff, just look into your previous month electricity bill and find out your monthly electricity consumption, then just divide your monthly electricity consumption with your total monthly electricity bill, the figure you get is approximately your electricity tariff.
If you don’t want to do any of this then just google electricity tariff followed by your location.
Calculate electric Skillet Power Consumption:
With these two information in hand you are ready to find the power consumption of your electric skillet.
Let me show you with an example,
I have selected a 1500 watt electric skillet listed on amazon. Lets assume we will be using it for 30 minutes everyday throughout the year.
Hence, we will calculate the power consumption of this 1500 watt electric skillet in a day, in a month and in an entire year.
With the knowledge of your electric skillet wattage and your electricity tariff, just use this simple formula to calculate power consumption.
Power consumption of a 1500 W electric skillet = Wattage of the electric skillet X operational hours
Cost to run a 1500 W electric skillet = Power consumption of the electric skillet X electricity tariff.
(Operational hours is basically the number of hours you are using your electric skillet)
Now let’s calculate
Electricity consumption of A 1500 watt Electric Skillet:
In our case, wattage is 1500 watts and operational hours is 30 minutes in a day, 15 hours in a month and 182.5 hours in a year.
Hence by using the above formula.
Power consumption of a 1500 watt electric skillet in a day (30 min) = 1500 watt X 0.5 hours = 750 watt hours (Wh) = 0.75 kWh
We will convert this 750 watt hour (Wh) into Kilo watt hour (kWh) as electricity tariffs are given for per kWh. To do this simply divide 750 by 1000, you will get 0.75 kWh (As 1kg = 1000g, 1km = 1000m, similarly 1kWh = 1000Wh)
Similarly, Power consumption of a 1500 watt electric skillet in a month (30min/day @ 30days) = 1500 W X 15 = 22.5 kWh
And Power consumption of 1500 watt electric skillet in a year (30min/day @ 365 days) = 1500 W X 182.5 = 273.75 kWh
Now that we know the power consumption just multiply it by your electricity tariff and you will get how much it will cost you to run your electric skillet.
let’s calculate how much it will cost to run this 1500 watt electric skillet for an entire day in Los Angeles, London and in Mumbai.
- In case of Los Angeles, the electricity tariff in Los Angeles is around 25.8 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), hence it will cost around $ 5.81 (22.50 kWh X 25.8 cents) to run this 1500 watt electric skillet for 30 minutes daily for an entire month.
- In case of London, the electricity tariff in London is around 36p/kWh , hence it will cost around £ 8.10 (22.50 kWh X 36p/kWh) to run this 1500 watt electric skillet for 30 minutes daily for an entire month.
- In case of Mumbai, the electricity tariff in Mumbai is around Rs 10 per kilowatt hour (kWh), hence it will cost around Rs 225 (22.50 kWh X Rs 10) to run this 1500 watt electric skillet for 30 minutes daily for an entire month.
For your reference I have calculated the cost to run this 1500 watt electric skillet for 30 minutes daily throughout the entire year in Los Angeles, London and Mumbai.
|Country (Tariff)||Daily Power Consumption of an Electric Skillet|
(1500 Watt @ 30 min)
|Monthly Power Consumption of an Electric Skillet|
(1500 Watt @ 15 hours)
|Annual Power Consumption of an Electric Skillet|
(1500 Watt @ 182.5 hours)
|Los Angeles (25.8 c/kWh)||0.75 kWh, cents 19.35||22.5 kWh, $ 5.81||273.75 kWh, $ 70.63|
|London (36p/kWh)||0.75 kWh, pence 27||22.5 kWh, £ 8.10||273.75 kWh, £ 98.55|
|Mumbai (Rs 10/kWh)||0.75 kWh, Rs 7.5||22.5 kWh, Rs 225||273.75 kWh, Rs 2,737|
The above figures suggest the maximum power consumption of a 1500 watt electric skillet, however, the actual power consumption would be 5% to 20% less than this value.
The reason for this variation is, for the calculation we are assuming that the skillet is set at maximum temperature at all time and is running continuously. But in reality, we often change the temperature setting and once the set temperature is reached the heating element inside the skillet turns off or consume less electricity to maintain the temperature.
However, this calculation is good enough to get a rough idea about power consumption of electric skillets.
Electricity consumption of different Wattage electric Skillet:
For your reference, I have made the below table which shows the power consumption of a range of electric skillet having different wattages. I have assumed 30 minutes of operation everyday for an entire month.
|Wattage||Daily Power Consumption |
|Monthly Power Consumption |
|Annual Power Consumption|
|800 watts||0.4 kWh||12 kWh||146 kWh|
|1000 watts||0.50 kWh||15 kWh||182.50 kWh|
|1200 watts||0.60 kWh||18 kWh||219 kWh|
|1500 watts||0.75 kWh||22.50 kWh||273.75 kWh|
From the above table we can see, a 1200 watt electric skillet consumes approximately 219 kWh of electricity in a year.
Now go ahead and use the below calculator to find out the power consumption of your electric skillet.
Just type the wattage of your electric skillet, number of hours of usage and your electricity tariff and let the calculator do the math for you.
electric Skillet power consumption calculator:
If you are not happy with the approximate results and want to know exact power consumption, then I would suggest you buy a cheap Kill A Watt Meter from amazon.
Calculate exact power consumption of an electric Skillet:
Kill A Watt Meter is a simple device which gives real time data of power consumption of any device.
You can check it on amazon using this link – Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
To use a kill a watt meter to calculate the power consumption of your electric skillet, first connect your electric skillet plug into the kill a watt meter and then plug the kill a watt meter in your wall socket and you are good to go.
Then start using your electric skillet and you can see in real time how many kWh (units) of electricity it is consuming.
You can check out this article to know more about power consumption of common household appliances.
Check out my articles on solar power for home and how it can help you save your electricity bill.
Thank you for reading.
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