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What’s the  Difference Between kW and kWh?

The main difference between kWh and kW is in what they measure:

  • To put it simply, a kilowatt is a measure of power.
  • A kilowatt-hour

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kW vs. kWh: What's the Difference?

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A kilowatt is simply a measure of how much power an electric appliance consumes—it’s ­­1,000 watts to be exact. You can quickly convert watts (W) to kilowatts (kW) by diving your wattage by 1,000:

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A kilowatt-hour measures the energy an appliance uses in kilowatts per hour. For example, if you clean your floors with a 1,000-watt vacuum cleaner for one hour, you consume 1 kWh of energy.

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Let’s use a 1500W dishwasher you use for two hours per day as an example for calculating kW and kWh on a monthly basis:

  1. Divide the wattage by 1,000 to calculate kW: 1500...

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Utility companies measure your kWh with digital meters right outside of your home where the power line goes into the property.

While traditional meters require a utility service to come to y...

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Now that you have a better understanding of kW versus kWh, and the different uses of electricity, you c...

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Lower Your Energy Costs

You can lower your electricity bill by following some easy energy-saving practices:

  • Replace incandescent lightbulbs with

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