- How much electricity does a printer use?-

A printer’s power consumption 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.

Printer electricity usage

On you favorite browser type your printer model (e.g. xerox workcentre 6515dni) followed by the word ‘specifications’ and probably the top results will lead you to the correct page where to find the printer specifications.

Printer specifications
Printer power consumption

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

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.

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.

Electricity usage and 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 printer, you need to use a plug-in power meter.

For more details, have a look to this post that we have created to show you how to use a plug in power meter to measure your appliances and devices power consumption.

Plug in power meter electricity consumption

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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Wi-fi router electricity usage calculator
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Gaming console electricity usage
Gaming console

Additional information

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 video that we have prepared for you.

All our videos can be found in YouTube, in both English and Spanish languages.

Your printer will also consume electricity while in stand-by mode. If you are not sure what stand-by power consumption is, you may also be interested in this video.

Electricity conservation - Save and conserve energy

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 hour (0,01 kWh) worth of electricity per day, that would add to 32850 Kilowatt hour (kWh) 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) we would collectively be saving nearly 6000 euro per year.
  •  To produce 32850 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.

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