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

But to get to know the electricity usage of a printer it is as simple as to search on the internet for the printer specifications.

On this page you will find out:

How much electricity does a printer use

> Printer electricity  cost calculator

Electricity measurement units: Watt, Kilowatt or Kilowatt hour

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

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

How much electricity does a printer use

For example, according to the energy label from our printer, it does use 3,6 Watts (W) while in ready mode. 

3,6 W / 1000 = 0,0036 kW or 0,0036 kWh

Because we pay to our electricity provider 0,217 euro per every Kilowatt hour (kWh) we consume, if our printer was to stay 24 hours per day and 365 days per year in ready mode (standby mode disable), we would be paying around 7 euro per year on electricity cost.

0,0036 kWh x 24 hours per day x 365 days per year = 31,536 kWh

31,536 kWh x 0,217 euro per kWh = 6,84 euro per year

The electricity consumed in ready mode can be considered as wasted electricity unless there was a good reason to leave the printer in ready mode all the time.

Printer electricity usage

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

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.

Still, if you want to know the exact electricity usage of your coffee machine, 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.

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:

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Laptop
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Computer monitor
Router electricity usage calculator icon
Router
Gaming console electricity usage calculator icon
Gaming console

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)

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

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 saving electricity ideas at home, have a look to this video where we provide some useful tips to reduce the electricity usage 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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