- How much electricity does a washing machine use? -

The electricity usage of a washing machine may vary considerable depending on the efficiency and age of the appliance.

Newer and efficient models most probably are going to be more economic. Still, if you have a washing machine at home or if you are considering to buy one, it is worth to spend a little time and find out the electricity usage and the electricity cost.

Washing machine electricity usage

The electricity usage, or the power consumption, should be clearly displayed or easily at the appliance itself of easily accessible online.

Still this is not always the case. If the electricity usage is low, the power consumption details are easy to find. And the opposite, is the electricity usage is higher that other similar washing machines, the power consumption details may be a bit hidden.

For example, according to the energy label of this washing machine, it is estimated that it will consume 130 Kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year. Because we are paying to our electricity provider 0,217 euro per every kWh we consume, in our case to use this washing machine would add around 28,2 euro per year to our electricity bill.

Electricity usage and cost calculator

We have chosen a random washing machine and made a simple search for its ‘datasheet’. Out of the results, we have been able to find its power consumption both at Amazon and at the manufacturer’s website.

Washing Machine Datasheet

Once we know the yearly power consumption, the calculator below can be used to calculate the power and cost consumption of the washing machine.

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


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

This is because a very efficient usage of the washing machine may decrease its power consumption and electricity cost. And the opposite, a very poor usage may increase its power consumption and electricity cost.

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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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.

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

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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