How Much Electricity Does a Crock Pot Use?
Crock pots are an extremely convenient and energy-efficient kitchen tool. But just how much electricity do they use? Here is a guide to help you determine how much electricity you can expect to use with a crock pot.
Energy Consumption by Size
The size of your crock pot is the biggest factor when it comes to energy consumption. Here are some general estimates:
- 1-2 quart: Uses about 145 watts per hour
- 3-4 quart: Uses about 165 watts per hour
- 5-6 quart: Uses about 210 watts per hour
- 7-8 quart: Uses about 250 watts per hour
Average Usage Per Hour
The actual amount of electricity you’ll use per hour is hard to estimate because it largely depends on how much food you’re cooking and the temperature setting you use. Generally, a crock pot will consume about 3.5 kilowatt-hours for every 6 hours it is in use. This is equivalent to .59 cents to operate per hour with an average cost of electric around 12.5 cents per kilowatt-hour.
Overall Monthly Usage
The good news about crock pots is that most people don’t use them very often. For most households, the overall monthly electricity cost to use a crock pot is usually around $4-$5. If you use your crock pot every day, you can expect to use about $12-$15 per month on electricity, which is still quite reasonable.
The bottom line is that crock pots are very energy-efficient kitchen tools, and do not require significant monthly electricity costs. So go ahead and enjoy the convenience of your crock pot without feeling guilty about energy consumption!