Electrical energy usage


Old 06-11-00, 06:47 AM
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Is there a listing somewhere that lists the typical energy usage for appliances such as wash machine, gas dryer and freezer?

I have a 20 amp circuit to the receptacles in my laundry room and want to know if I can add a small refrigerator, sewing machine and an iron on occasion.
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Old 06-11-00, 02:51 PM
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Hi Tmetz,

You won't need a list. Every appliance, machine, motor has a name plate somewhere. For some it is actually a plate, for others it is simply stamped into the metal. It will give all the essential information about the item, model# serial number, manufacturer, then voltage, phase, and wattage. The wattage is what you are asking about. The amount of power used to operate the item.
To convert wattage to amps, simply divide the wattage by the voltage. This gives you a number called amperage or amps for short.
You will find that if you are going to share some of the items you mention, you will have a potential overload. The freezer with the iron for example. The gas range has no significant wattage.

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