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What is a kWh?

Most domestic appliances will quote their power consumption in kilowatts and many electric utility companies use the kilowatt hour as a billing unit. The kilowatt-hour (symbolized kWh) is a unit of energy equivalent to one kilowatt (1 kW) of power expended for one hour (1 h) of time. Here is an example: If your air conditioner consumes 3 kW per hour, and it operates 18 hours during a hot summer day, then your air conditioner used 54 kWh (3 kWh X 18 h) that day. If your rate is 17 cents per kWh, then your cost of operating your air conditioner was $9.18 (54 kWh X $0.17 per kWh) for the day.

Here are some examples what you can do with 1 kWh ( results may vary):

Use an electric shaver 1200 times
Dry your hair 15 times
4 evenings of watching TV
Listening to 15 CDââ?¬â?¢s in a row
Use a (small) refrigerator for 24 hours
Heat 20 microwave meals
Drill 250 holes
4 evenings of light with 60 W incandescent light
20 evenings of light with 11 W compact fluorescent light

We know that managing your energy usage can have a big impact on your budget, comfort, and welfare - as well as on the environment and other people. That's why we've created the Energy Saving Center to help you become more energy efficient. You'll be surprised at how much you can save just by making a few changes in how you live and work.

Take control of your energy bills and visit the Energy Saving Tips in the Energy Saving Center section on our website.

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