pedestal fan power consumption

If you are planning to buy a new pedestal fan or wondering how much electricity your existing pedestal fan is consuming then this article is for you. In this article, we will calculate the power consumption of a pedestal fan and also look at how much it costs to use one.

Also by the end, you will learn to calculate the power consumption of any fan using a simple calculator.

Pedestal fans are normally rated between 30 watts to 60 watts, the larger the blade size, the higher is the wattage. A 40 watt pedestal fan running for 8 hours in a day will consume around 0.32 kWh of electricity in a day. This adds up to around 9.6 kWh of electricity in a month.

Also, there are heavy-duty pedestal fans which have larger blade size and are normally rated betwee 100 watts to 220 watts.


Pedestal Fan Power Consumption:

The power consumption of a pedestal fan (for that matter any electrical appliance) depends upon two main things,

  1. First is the wattage of your pedestal fan,
  2. And second is the electricity tariff in your area.

Before we jump into calculating the power consumption of your pedestal fan let’s see what these terms are and how you can find out your pedestal fan’s 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 see the power consumption table and use the calculator.


What is the Wattage of A Pedestal Fan:

The wattage of a pedestal fan varies from 40 watts to 60 watts, generally, the larger the blade size, the higher the wattage, the more air it can push forward.

Also, heavy-duty industrial pedestal fans are normally rated between 100 watts to 200 watts, they generally have larger blade sizes (18 inches to 30 inches), and they push more air than normal pedestal fans.

You can find the wattage of your pedestal fan by reading the label on it or just look for your pedestal fan on amazon and you will find its wattage in the description section.

As a general rule of thumb, the following blade sizes have respective wattage.

Blade SizeWattage
8 Inch30-watt to 40-watt
12 Inch40-watt to 50-watt
16 Inch50-watt to 60-watt
18 Inch to 20 Inch110-watt to 150-watt
20 Inch to 30 Inch150-watt to 220-watt

In the later part of this blog, I have put together a pedestal at the end that shows the power consumption of a range of pedestal fans with different wattages.

If this whole talk about wattage and electricity is confusing you then here is a quick explanation about what is watt.

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 a pedestal fan lies between 30 watts to 60 watts and you can find it by looking at the label on it. With that out of the way, let’s 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 hour or unit of electricity is the energy consumption of a device. For example, a 50-watt fan running for 50 hours will consume 50 watts 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’s electricity bill and find out your monthly electricity consumption, then just divide your monthly electricity consumption by your total monthly electricity bill, the figure you get is approximately your electricity tariff.

I have put together the following table that shows the electricity tariff of a few countries.

Electricity Tariff Around The World:

CountryElectricity TariffCountryElectricity Tariff
United States$ 0.154/kWhIndiaRs 6/kWh
United Kingdom£‎ 0.27/kWhGermany€ 0.44/kWh
CanadaC$ 0.30/kWhPhilippines₱ 9.70/kWh
AustraliaA$ 0.32/kWhSouth AfricaR 2.558/kWh

You can also check out the following resources to know your electricity tariff:


Calculate Pedestal Fan Power Consumption:

With these two pieces of information in hand, you are ready to find the power consumption of your pedestal fan.

pedestal fan 40 wattage
Pedestal Fan 40-Watts

Let me show you an example,

I have selected a 16-inch, 40-watt pedestal fan listed on amazon. Let’s assume we will be using it for 8 hours every day throughout the year.

Hence, we will calculate the power consumption of this 40-watt pedestal fan in a day, in a month, and in an entire year.

With the knowledge of your pedestal fan wattage and your electricity tariff, just use this simple formula to calculate power consumption.

Power consumption of an appliance = Wattage of an appliance X operational hours

Cost to run an appliance = Power consumption of an appliance X electricity tariff.

(Operational hours is basically the number of hours you are using your pedestal fan)

Now let’s calculate


Electricity consumption of A 40-Watt Pedestal Fan:

In our case, wattage is 40-watt and operational hours are 8 hours in a day, 240 hours in a month, and 2,920 hours in a year.

Hence by using the above formula.

  • Power consumption of a 40-watt pedestal fan in a day (8 hours) = 40-watt X 8 hours = 320 wh.
  • Similarly, Power consumption of a 40-watt pedestal fan in a month (8 hours/day @ 30days) = 40-watt X 240 = 9.6 kWh.
  • And Power consumption of a 40-watt pedestal fan in a year (8 hours/day @ 365 days) = 40-watt X 2920 = 116.8 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 pedestal fan.

let’s calculate how much it will cost to run this 40-watt pedestal fan for 8 hours every day for an entire month in Los Angeles, London, and Mumbai.

  • In Los Angeles, the electricity tariff in Los Angeles is around 25.8 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), hence it will cost around $ 2.48 (9.6 kWh X 25.8 cents) to run this 40-watt pedestal fan for 8 hours every day for an entire month.
  • In London, the electricity tariff in London is around 36p/kWh, hence it will cost around £ 3.45 (9.6 kWh X 36p/kWh) to run this 40-watt pedestal fan for 8 hours every day for an entire month.
  • In Mumbai, the electricity tariff in Mumbai is around Rs 10 per kilowatt hour (kWh), hence it will cost around Rs 96 (9.6 kWh X Rs 10) to run this 40-watt pedestal fan for 8 hours every day for an entire month.

For your reference, I have calculated the cost to run this 40-watt pedestal fan for 8 hours daily throughout the entire year in Los Angeles, London, and Mumbai.

Country (Tariff)Daily Power Consumption of a Pedestal Fan
(40-watt @ 8 hours)
Monthly Power Consumption of a Pedestal Fan
(40-watt @ 240 hours)
Annual Power Consumption of a Pedestal Fan
(40-watt @ 2,920 hours)
Los Angeles (25.8 c/kWh)0.32 kWh, cents 8.269.6 kWh, $ 2.48116.8 kWh, $ 30.13
London (36p/kWh)0.32 kWh, pence 11.529.6 kWh, £ 3.45116.8 kWh, £ 42.05
Mumbai (Rs 10/kWh)0.32 kWh, Rs 3.209.6 kWh, Rs 96116.8 kWh, Rs 1,168

The above figures show the approximate power consumption of a 40-watt pedestal fan, however, the actual power consumption will be 5% to 10% lower than this.

Also, every pedestal fan has 3 to 5-speed settings, hence, if you are using your fan at low speed then the power consumption will be lower than this.

How lower? From the calculation I did on my pedestal fan, the difference in the power consumption between the top speed and the lowest speed is between 20% to 30%.


How Much Electricity Does a Pedestal Fan Consume in 24 hours?

For your reference, I have made the below table which shows the power consumption of a range of pedestal fans having different wattages running for 24 hours every day for an entire month.

Pedestal Fan WattageDaily Power Consumption
(24 hours)
Monthly Power Consumption
(720 hours)
Annual Power Consumption
(8,760 hours)
40 watts0.96 kWh28.80 kWh350.4 kWh
50 watts1.20 kWh36.00 kWh438.0 kWh
60 watts1.44 kWh43.20 kWh525.6 kWh

As you can see, even if you run a 60-watt pedestal fan for 24 hours a day for an entire month, it will consume 1.44 kWh of electricity in a day and 43.20 kWh of electricity.

How Much Does it Cost Ro Run A Pedestal Fan For 24 Hours?

From the above table, we can see that the cost to run a 60-watt pedestal fan for 24 hours a day will roughly be equal to:

  • $ 0.37 in LA. (1.44 kWh X $ 0.258/kWh)
  • £ 0.51 in London. (1.44 kWh X £ 0.36/kWh)
  • Rs 14.40 in Mumbai, India. (1.44 kWh X Rs 10/kWh)

And the cost to run a 60-watt pedestal fan for 24 hours a day for an entire month will roughly be equal to:

  • $ 11.14 in LA. (43.20 kWh X $ 0.258/kWh)
  • £ 15.55 in London. (43.20 kWh X £ 0.36/kWh)
  • Rs 432 in Mumbai, India. (43.20 kWh X Rs 10/kWh)

Electricity consumption Of Heavy Duty Industrial Pedestal Fan:

As we discussed above, heavy-duty industrial pedestal fans are normally rated between 100 watts to 200 watts, they generally have larger blade sizes (18 inches to 30 inches), and they push more air than normal pedestal fans.

For your reference, I have made the below table which shows the power consumption of heavy-duty pedestal fans having different wattages running for 8 hours every day for an entire month.

Blade SizePedestal Fan WattageDaily Power Consumption
(8 hours)
Monthly Power Consumption
(240 hours)
Annual Power Consumption
(2,920 hours)
18 inch100 watts0.80 kWh24.00 kWh292 kWh
20 inch150 watts1.20 kWh36.00 kWh438 kWh
30 inch220 watts1.76 kWh52.80 kWh642 kWh

As you can see from the table, if you run a 30-inch, 220-watt heavy-duty pedestal fan 8 hours every day for an entire month, it will only consume 52.80 kWh of electricity.

How Much Does it Cost Ro Run A Heavy-Duty Pedestal Fan?

From the above table, we can see that the cost to run a 220-watt heavy-duty pedestal fan for 8 hours a day for an entire month will roughly be equal to:

  • $ 13.62 in LA. (52.80 kWh X $ 0.258/kWh)
  • £ 19 in London. (52.80 kWh X £ 0.36/kWh)
  • Rs 528 in Mumbai, India. (52.80 kWh X Rs 10/kWh)

Now go ahead and use the below calculator to find out the power consumption of your pedestal fan.

Just type the wattage of your pedestal fan, the number of hours of usage, and your electricity tariff, and let the calculator do the math for you.


Pedestal Fan power consumption calculator:

If you are not happy with the approximate results and you want to know the exact power consumption, then I would suggest you buy a cheap Kill-A-Watt Meter from amazon.


Calculate the exact power consumption of any Appliance using Kill A Watt Meter:

Kill A Watt Meter is a simple device that gives real-time data on the 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 pedestal fan, first, connect your pedestal fan 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 pedestal fan 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 the power consumption of all types of fans, How much power does a fan consume?

or check the following articles to know their power consumption in detail:

You can check out this article to know more about the 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.

Aavjo 👋


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