Do you know that using some home electrical appliances too often will run down your pocket.

These electrical appliances consume too much energy, and their usage should most advisedly be regulated.


There are many people in Nigeria, who still do not know what home electrical appliances consume too much energy.

These people just find out that they are paying too much for power consumption and cannot understand why.

They feel as though, the power distribution and generation companies are manipulating figures.

For those still using the post-paid metre, this might be okay, because no matter how much power is consumed, power is available when there is supply.

But for those on the pre-paid metering system, power supply goes out, as soon as what was subscribed for is exhausted.

This is so because most people buy electrical home appliances without knowing how much energy such appliances consume.

Nigerians still practice communal living where most things provided for are seen as belonging to all. As a result, the possibility that there will be excesses in usage is very high.


In this article, we shall itemise a few electrical appliances that consume high energy in Nigeria.

5 Home Electrical Appliances Consuming Too Much Energy

1.  Pressing Iron

The average Iron uses 1100 watts. Your devices wattage may be different depending on the brand, size, or other factors.

You can generally find the wattage of your Iron in the user manual or on the device itself.

A steam iron or flat iron uses roughly between 800 – 2000 watts per day.

So, for example, if you turn your iron on for 10min every day for a month, it would have used around 5 kWh of electricity.

2.  Water Heater

If you live in Nigeria, you use a pre-paid metre and you are still using a water heater, then you must be very rich.

Water heaters are about the highest energy consumers according to research, it can consume between 1500-5000 watts.

This electrical appliance in the home is responsible for about 17% of energy consumption.

3.  Air Conditioner

As good air conditioners can be in the home, they consume a lot of energy.

A central air conditioner will consume between 3000 and 3500 watts per hour.

While window units use between 900 and 1440 watts per hour, portable units consume between 2900 and 4100.

On average, a home air conditioner can use about 3,000 watts of electricity an hour.

But If you have it on all day, that’s 72,000 watts of electricity a day.

However, running it on the ‘fan-only’ mode will only consume about 750 watts an hour.

4.  Electric Kettle

The minimum energy consumed by an electric kettle is around 1200 watts, while most kettles have a maximum power rating of 3000 watts.

5.  Vacuum Cleaner

Used to remove dirt and dust from upholstery, carpets, velveteen furniture and floors made of hardwood.

Most vacuum machines are equipped with motors that use anything from 500 to 3000 watts of electricity, with the typical unit using around 1,400 watts.

They are also used to clean cars and stairs. Based on the uses, Vacuum cleaners are made into different types.

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At a time like this when things are getting more and more difficult in Nigeria, it is better to do away with some appliances. Better still, you can reduce the usage.

This can be done to reduce the cost of electricity bills.

You see, any appliance that produces heat or cold or any other artificial function, often raises your electricity bill.

It might also be wise to employ the traditional methods of doing things now. For instance, most people are now trekking because of the high cost of transportation.

Saving energy consumption might a very wise idea.

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