Build Your Solar Power Generator

Use the information below to calculate your power requirements
Typical power consumption of various appliances
• Old (1986) Refridgerator = 1400 kWh/Yr => 160 Watts
• Energy efficient Refridgerator = 350 kWh/Yr => 40 Watts
• Light bulb = 60 W

• Aquarium = 50–1210 Watts
• Clock radio = 10 Watts
• Coffee maker = 900–1200 Watts
• Clothes washer = 350–500 Watts
• Clothes dryer = 1800–5000 Watts
• Dishwasher = 1200–2400 Watts
• Dehumidifier = 785 Watts
• Electric blanket (Single/Double) = 60 / 100 Watts
• Ceiling Fans = 65–175 Watts
• Window Fans = 55–250 Watts
• Furnace Fans = 750 Watts
• Whole house Fans = 240–750 Watts
• Hair dryer = 1200–1875 Watts
• Heater (portable) = 750–1500 Watts
• Clothes iron = 1000–1800 Watts
• Microwave oven = 750–1100 Watts
• PC CPU - awake / asleep = 120 / 30 Watts or less
• PC Monitor - awake / asleep = 150 / 30 Watts or less
• Laptop = 50 Watts
• Radio (stereo) = 70–400 Watts
• Refrigerator (frost-free, 16 cubic feet) = 725 Watts
• Televisions (color): 19 in = 65–110 Watts, 27 in = 113 Watts, 36 in = 133 Watts, 53 in - 61 in Projection = 170 Watts, Flat screen = 120 Watts
• Toaster = 800–1400 Watts
• Toaster oven = 1225 Watts
• VCR/DVD = 17–21 / 20–25 Watts
• Vacuum cleaner = 1000–1440 Watts
• Water heater (40 gallon) = 4500–5500 Watts
• Water pump (deep well) = 250–1100 Watts
• Water bed (with heater, no cover) = 120–380 Watts
• A Refrigerator requires 400 Watts of Solar Power
• A Refrigerator requires a 15 amp inverter

Notes • Many appliances continue to draw a small amount of stand-by power when they are switched "off." These "phantom loads" occur in most appliances that use electricity, such as VCRs, televisions, stereos, computers, and kitchen appliances.
• LED Lights are highly recommended for their tiny power consumption. Using a lower wattage fluorescent light bulbs will consume more power than LED lights, but not as muc as incandescent high wattage bulbs which are not recommended.

References • Energy.Gov: http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/estimating-appliance-and-home-electronic-energy-use