Electric Grill Operating CostLow operating cost, it’s on the biggest benefits of owning an electric grill. Depending upon where you live a 20 lb cylinder of propane will cost you around $40, and a 20 lb bag a charcoal will run you about $15 dollars. As these costs compound over a year this can become quite expensive.

How can I find out what it would cost me to operate an electric grill?

Well, there are a couple of ways to go about this. You can either choose to use a pre-made calculator, or you can do the math yourself with a pretty simple formula that we will provide you.

You need to know the following:

  • Wattage
  • Your cost per kilowatt hour (kWh);

Determining Wattage:

Most e-commerce websites or manufacturer websites have this information available to you. Should you not be able to find this information, if you know or can find the wattage and the amps the of the grill you can simply plug those figures into the following formula:

Wattage = Voltage x Amps

Your cost per kilowatt hour:

You can find this figure on your most recent electricity bill. In my area, most people are paying around 9¢ per hour depending on the provider. Now, to determining your cost to operate an electric grill can be calculate by the following formula:

Electric Grill Hourly Operating Cost = (([Wattage] x 1) / 1000) x [kWh]

Totals & Comparisons:

As an example, my electric grill has 1632 watts and my electricity cost me 8¢/kWh, which brings my hourly operating cost to 13¢/hr. When looking at the figures, I would have to use my grill for 307 hours before matching the cost of a $40 cylinder of propane or 115 hours before matching the cost of $15 bag of charcoal.

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