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Watts a kilowatt?

Updated: Aug 5, 2021

Have you ever looked at your electric bill and wondered, "What are these things called kilowatts"? You aren't the first to ask the question. Keep reading to get the answer.

Watts are an instantaneous measurement of electrical power. Probably the easiest way to understand them is to think of a lamp fitted with a traditional 100-watt incandescent light bulb. The bulb requires 100 watts of electricity to heat the filament and create light. So, when you flip the switch to turn on the lamp an additional 100 watts of electricity begins flowing through the meter. When you turn off the lamp that 100 watts of electricity quits flowing.

Now imagine that instead of a lamp with a single 100-watt bulb, you have a string of ten 100-watt bulbs you are using to light your patio.

Flip the switch this time and each of those bulbs will need 100 watts of electricity. Ten bulbs, each requiring 100 watts of energy means 1,000 watts or 1 kilowatt (kW) of electricity is needed to energize the 10 light bulbs.

Ten bulbs @ 100 watts = 1,000 watts

1,000 watts = 1 kilowatt

So that's it. A kilowatt (kW) is a measure of power equal to 1,000 watts. But, you don't get billed for kilowatts. You get billed for kW demand and kilowatt hour (kWh) consumption, we'll explain each of those in upcoming posts.

While we hope that was helpful, you may still have questions. If you do, call us at (813) 917-8952 and let us help with an answer.


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