Solar Education

What Is a Kilowatt Hour?

By July 17, 2020 No Comments

Before your solar panel system installation there are so many foreign terms being used. All of these foreign terms can be extremely stressful for our customers. To ease this frustration we want to make sure we are doing our best to educate you on these new terms so that you can feel much more confident about your switch to solar. The term Kilowatt Hour is one of the most commonly used terms. In order to fully understand your switch to solar we hope our breakdown helps.

Defining a Kilowatt:

The definition of a kilowatt is:

a measure of 1,000 watts of electrical power.

Defining a Kilowatt Hour:

The definition of a kilowatt hour is:

a measure of electrical energy equivalent to a power consumption of 1,000 watts for 1 hour. A kilowatt hour is not defined as the number of kilowatts you are using per hour. Instead, the term means a unit of measurement that is equal to the amount of energy you would use if you kept a 1,000 watt appliance running for an hour.

The Importance of Understanding These Terms:

A kilowatt hour differs from a kilowatt because it is a measure of energy. The importance of understanding these terms lies heavily in your ability to save as much money as you possible can with your solar panels. By understanding how many kWh you are using in a day, you then can continue to track these numbers to help you lower the amount of energy that you are using. With this, you are able to see how your energy supplier calculates your bill for the month. This is important because this gives you the ability to always check to make sure that their calculations are right for the amount that you are having to pay.

How to Cut Your Energy Usage:

While keeping track of your energy usage, there are a few small adjustments that you can make in order to lower your bill per month. These small fixes include:

  1. Installing Smart Appliances
  2. Using more cold Water and Less Hot Water
  3. Remembering to Unplug Your Devices

Small adjustments can bring big savings with your solar panels system. On top of the money that you will save through your monthly bill, you now can track your energy usage to save even more!

 

For more information on how you can start saving with solar today Contact Us.

 

Sources:

https://energysmart.enelxnorthamerica.com/what%E2%80%99s-difference-between-kw-and-kwh