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The electricity usage of a device depends on it’s power consumption.

Depending on the model, an iron can use from around 500 Watts up to 1500 Watts.

On this page you will learn:

How much electricity does an iron use

> Ironing electricity cost calculator 

Electricity measurement units: Watt, Kilowatt or Kilowatt hour

> How to lower your electricity bill

> What is energy conservation and how does it benefit you and the environment

Alternatively, you may want to fast forward to the iron electricity cost calculator.

How much electricity does an iron use

To find out the electricity usage on an iron, first you need to know how many watts does your iron consume.

This information can be can be found on the iron’s specifications label or by searching from it on the manufacturer’s website.

Iron electricity usage calculator

Alternatively, if you are considering to buy a new iron, that wattage can be found on the internet by browser search. Just browse for the iron model followed by ‘wattage’ or ‘ power consumption’.

Iron wattage search

According to it’s specification’s label, our iron consume 2,6 kWh. This is, 2,6 kW for every hour that it is in use.

2600 W / 1000 = 2,6 kWh

We are paying to our electricity provider 0,217 euro per every kWh we consume so that means that to use this iron would cost us around 0,56 euro per hour.

2,6 kWh x 0,217 euro per kWh = 0,56 euro per hour

Electricity cost calculator

Once you know the power consumption, the calculator below can be used to estimate the power consumption and the electricity cost of an iron over a period of time.

You just need to adjust the values in the PARAMETERS section to your requirements and the calculator will automatically display the RESULTS section.

 

For example, if your fan:

> It has a power rating of 2600 Watts (W)

> You use it 45 minutes per day and 110 days per year.

> You are paying 0,217 euro (or dollars, or pounds, or …) per every kWh you consume

The iron would add around 46,5 euro (or dollars, or pounds, or …) to your yearly electricity bill.

Still, if you want to know the exact electricity usage of an electric fan, your best option is to use a plug in power meter to measure the electricity consumption. 

Clicking on the image below it will redirect you to the Amazon page where you can have a look to the specifications of the power meter we use for our measurements.

All of our house appliances and devices like the washing machine, the dishwasher, the TV or the printer are plugged to a wall socket. 

So, with a power consumption meter we can determine how much electricity our appliances or devices are using and, more importantly, we can measure the electricity usage over a period of time.

If you want to find out how you can use a plug in power meter to measure your electricity usage and electricity cost, have a look to this YouTube video.

A plug in power meter displaying the power usage of a device

A few other examples from our ‘Electricity usage calculators‘ page that may be of your interest:

Kettle electricity usage calculator icon
Kettle
Toaster electricity usage calculator icon
Toaster
Iron electricity usage calculator icon
Iron
Ceiling fan electricity usage calculator icon
Ceiling fan

Electricity measurement units

Not everybody it is familiar with terms like Watts, Kilowatts or Kilowatt hours so if you would like to learn more about them, have a look to this YouTube video that we have prepared about this topic.

What is a Kilowatt hour (kWh)

Or you can have a look to this electricity measurement units calculators to get a better understanding of:

> What is a Watt (W) and how to transform Watts into Kilowatts

> What is a Kilowatt (kW) and how to transform Kilowatts into Kilowatts hour

> What is a Kilowatt hour (kWh) and how to transform Kilowatts hours to other units

> What are Power (P), Voltage (V) and Current (I)

Watt (W)
Watt
Kilowatt (kW)
Kilowatt
Kilowatt hour (kWh)
Kilowatt hour
Power, voltage, current
Power, Voltage, Current

How to lower your electricity bill

This are some ways that should save you some electricity, and time, while ironing:

1.- Reduce the amount of creases on your clothes

The more creases they have, the more time, energy and electricity will take to iron those clothes. The way you make your laundry has a direct affect on the ironing.

An overload washing machine or a very strong spin cycle will increase the number of creases and will make the ironing very inefficient.

2.- Hang your clothes after washing them

Again, by hanging your clothes you will decrease the amount of creases and that will save you time, energy and electricity while ironing.

Do not throw your clothes from the washing machine to the basket, hang them instead.

3.- Organize your clothes before ironing them

There are clothes that require less temperature and some that require more temperature to have them correctly pressed.

Organize your clothes before start ironing and progressively increase the temperature of your iron. With this method, you will save time and electricity.

4.- Make sure that you don’t use hard water on your iron

Hard water will create scale deposits on your iron make it less and less efficient over time. if you want to know more, have a look to this post about the effects of hard water of your appliance and devices.

Alternatively, we have also created an informative YouTube video that shows how to measure the water hardness level.

Consequences of having hard water at home

5.- Keep you iron clean

If the metal plate that is in contact with your clothes it is dirty, it is going to make the pressing process more difficult and time consuming. The more time the iron stays powered on, the more electricity will be using.

6.- Choose a good an efficient iron

A good iron will make the pressing process easier and less time consuming. It may be worth to invest some money on an efficient iron. On the long run, it will save you time and money on electricity.

Energy conservation

Energy conservation can be defined as the decision and the act of using less energy

Energy conservation both benefit you and the environment

The act of saving and conserving electricity does benefit you because you will be paying less on your energy bills. 

And it also does benefit the environment because conserving electricity prevents any unnecessary waste of natural resources.

Now, at individual level it may not look worth to try to save a few watts here or there. 

Still, every little counts and if hundreds or thousands of us do save a little every time, it will make an important contribution towards conserving our natural resources.

 

For example, if 9000 households would manage to save as little as 10 Watts per day (0,01 kWh) that would add to 32850 Kilowatt hour (kWh) saved per year. 

9000 households x 0,01 kWh per day x 365 days per year 

32,850 kWh saved per year

That is a considerable amount of electricity, but let’s add additional perspectives for clarity:

> Assuming an average cost of 0,18 euro (or dollars, or pounds, or any other currency) per kWh, we would collectively be saving nearly 6000 euro per year.

> To produce 32,850 kWh of electricity it is necessary to use around 17 metric tons of coal or 56 barrels of residual fuel oil.

Have a look to this page for more information about the amount of resources needed to produce electricity.
 

In any case it is clear that small energy savings do really count when looking into the bigger picture.

If you are looking for ideas to save electricity at home, have a look to this YouTube video were we show some useful tips to reduce the electricity usage at home and decrease the electricity bill. 

Two pie charts showing what home appliances and devices are using the most electricity at home.

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