# Power consumption at the stove - what do you expect?

Again and again, there are ambiguities about how much electricity a stove actually consumes, and what the costs are over the year. This article therefore gives some basic guidelines, and shows how the power consumption can be estimated.

### General estimates

With a four-person household, where cooking is done daily and the oven is used more often, an average of around 600 - 800 kWh / year for the oven and stove can be expected.

Slightly less, if the oven is used less often, a little more if it is an old stove and oven with lower energy efficiency. In two-person households or with less frequent use of the stove and the oven, the consumption is reduced accordingly.

#### use costs

For a kWh of electricity you can expect a rough 25 cents. The annual electricity costs are therefore around 200 euros for the four-person household. Interesting here is the comparison with a traditional gas stove: The costs are - even with old devices - here just a quarter to fifth, since a kWh gas costs only about 6 cents.

### Calculation of the cost of the stove

The cost of the stove can be easily calculated: The performance of each hob is always fixed. As a rule, the following performance values ​​apply to a four-plate cooker:

• 1 x 2.5 kW ("Quick Cooker")
• 1 x 1 kW ("Sparkochfeld")
• 2 x approx. 1.7 kW (other hobs)

The values ​​may vary slightly depending on the stove model, but are usually close to the specified range.

#### calculation method

If, for example, the "Sparkochplatte" is in operation for one hour, the maximum consumption is 1 kWh (slightly less if it is turned down). For the high-speed hotplate, however, it would be 2.5 kWh.

If the savings plate is left on for 2 hours, the power consumption is twice as high: 1 kW for 2 hours = 2 kWh. So you can estimate the power consumption based on the operating hours and the plate (s) used.

### Electricity consumption from the oven

For ovens, the power consumption differs greatly depending on the energy efficiency class. For example, with a 10-year-old appliance, around 1.6 kWh per baking cycle can be assumed, while a modern appliance in the highest energy efficiency class consumes about half.

### Tips & Tricks

The pyrolysis function of an oven ensures particularly high power consumption. It can consume two to three times as much electricity as the baking duct itself. Regular use therefore causes very high power consumption (with pyrolysis about 3 - 4 kWh per baking cycle).