Baseboard Heater Information

Baseboard heaters typically use 250 watts per foot. Measure the length of your baseboard heaters and multiply the length in feet by 250 to find the wattage of your heaters. For example, a 6-foot long baseboard heater would use 1,500 watts (250 times 6). Visit the Department of Energy website for another good resource.

The chart below shows the location, length, and resulting watts of baseboard heaters that may be found around a home, how much these use per hour, and the cost at Gunnison County Electric Association’s current rate of $0.12918 per kilowatt-hour (kWh).

Location Length in feet Watts kWh run for one hour Cost at GCEA’s Rate
Living room 10 2,500 2.5 $0.32
Master bedroom 10 2,500 2.5 $0.32
Second bedroom 10 2,500 2.5 $0.32
Living room 8 2,000 2.0 $0.26
Dining room 8 2,000 2.0 $0.26
Master bedroom 8 2,000 2.0 $0.26
Office 8 2,000 2.0 $0.26
Dining room 6 1,500 1.5 $0.19
Master bathroom 5 1,250 1.25 $0.16
Mudroom 4 1,000 1.0 $0.13
Upstairs bathroom 3 750 0.75 $0.10
Upstairs bathroom 2 500 0.5 $0.06
Total 82 20,500 20.5 $2.65

Appliance Usage Information

Item Watts per item kWh run for one hour Cost at GCEA’s rate
Oven 11,000 11 $1.42
Clothes dryer 5,600 5.6 $0.72
Electric water heater 4,500 4.5 $0.58
Large stove burner 1,600 1.6 $0.21
Stock tank heater 1,500 1.5 $0.19
Space heater 1,500 1.5 $0.19
Furnace fan 1,440 1.4 $0.18
Dishwasher 660 to 1,320 0.7 to 1.3 $0.09 to $0.17
Small stove burner 1,200 1.2 $0.16
Trash compactor 1,200 1.2 $0.16
Microwave 1,000 1 $0.13
Coffee maker 900 0.9 $0.12
Microwave 800 0.8 $0.10
Refrigerator 750 0.8 $0.10
Clothes washer 720 0.7 $0.09
Toaster 700 0.7 $0.09
Disposal 373 0.37 $0.05
Garage door opener in operation 373 0.37 $0.05
Heat lamp 250 0.25 $0.03
Vent fans 120 0.12 $0.02
Incandescent light bulb 100 0.1 $0.0129
Television (average wattage) 90 0.09 $0.0116
Incandescent light bulb 75 0.075 $0.0097
Incandescent light bulb 65 0.065 $0.0084
Halogen light bulb 50 0.05 $0.0065
Laptop 50 0.05 $0.0065
Incandescent light bulb 40 0.04 $0.0052
Incandescent light bulb 25 0.025 $0.0032
LED light bulb (100 watt equivalent) 18 0.018 $0.0023