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Printer power consumption and electricity cost

How much electricity does a printer use it is very dependent on the printer model and how it is used.

On this page we will show you how you can find out the power consumption of you printer and how to estimate the electricity cost.

How much power does a printer use

The power consumption of a printer should be described on the printer’s specifications sheet.

If you want to find your printer’s specifications, on you favorite browser type your printer model (e.g. xerox workcentre 6515dni) followed by the word ‘specifications’.

Desktop printer power consumption specifications

Most probably one of the first results will lead you to the manufacturer’s website and to the specifications you are looking for.

Desktop printer operating power consumption

For example, at home we are using a HP printer and according to its specification is does use:

> 13.95 Watts while printing

> 3.60 Watts while ready mode

> 0.93 Watts while in sleep mode

> 0.20 Watts while Off

printer power consumption

Printer 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 a printer 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 printer:

> It has a power rating of 350 Watts

> You use it 30 minutes per day and 280 days per year (operating mode / printing mode)

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

You will be paying around 10,6 euro (or dollars, or pounds, or…) per year in electricity costs.

How much does electricity cost

If you don’t know how much you are paying per kWh, you should be able to find the cost per kWh on your electricity contract or in one of the electricity bills.

how much does electricity cost

Alternatively, if don’t have access to your contract or your electricity bills, this website does show the electricity cost per country.

Home appliances and devices electricity calculators

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

Printer electricity usage monitor

If you want to know the exact electricity usage of a printer, your best option is to use a plug in power meter to measure the exact power consumption and electricity cost. 

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.

plug in power meter

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.

Have a look to this YouTube video for more information.

Plug in power meter

Printer electricity usage FAQ

Do printers use a lot of electricity

No, in general they don’t.

Unless in use, the printers use very little electricity and while in power save mode they use nearly no electricity.

While in use, depending on the model, they use around 300 Watts per hour. Which is not a lot of electricity either.

How many Watts does printer use

Depending on the printer model and usage.

A printer in power save mode or in standby mode uses little power.

While is use, a printer may use between 300 and 500 Watts per hour. 

Desktop printer operating power consumption

Electricity measurement units

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

What is a Kilowatt hour (kWh)

Electricity measurement units calculators

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 (W) wattage calculator
Kilowatt (kW)
Kilowatt (kW) calculator
Kilowatt hour (kWh)
Kilowatt hour (kWh) calculator
Power, voltage, current
Power, voltage, current calculator

Printers and 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.

Energy conservation calculator

If we could reduce our printers electricity usage, even a very small amount, it would make a big impact on preserving our natural resources.

 

For example, if 9000 households would manage to save as little as 10 Watts per day (0,01 kWh) on the printers electricity usage, 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.

Proven ways to save electricity at home

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

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