March 14, 2024

What is a Kilowatt?

A kilowatt (kW) is a unit of power equivalent to one thousand watts. It is commonly used to express the capacity of electrical devices or systems.

Kilowatt Examples

  • Small businesses, like cafes or boutiques, may produce 10-20 kW of power during peak operation hours
  • A typical household microwave may consume 1 kW of power while it’s running
  • Residential heating or cooling systems may have a capacity of 3-5 kW depending on the size and efficiency of the system.

Breaking Down a Kilowatt:

Watts60W Light BulbsHouseholds
1 kW1,00016.71