WHAT IT COSTS TO COOK WITH A SLOW COOKER
Not to mention the ease of cooking using a Crock-Pot (my favorite brand of slow cooker), it simply costs much less to use than a conventional electric oven. Using the electric oven during hot weather only causes your electric bill to go even higher; therefore, a Crock-Pot is a sensible solution.
Calculating cost of cooking with a slow cooker:
Get the wattage rating of the device (should be on the bottom, e.g., 200W), divide by 1000 to get kilowatts, multiply by hours used to get kilowatt-hours, check your electric bill for the cost per KWh.
If your slow cooker has only one wattage number that is for the Hi setting; the Lo setting would use reduced wattage of 50-70% as high as the Hi setting. Some older Rival Crock-Pots have two wattage numbers. The first number is for the Lo setting; the second number is for Hi setting, e.g., 180-250W.
Cost Calculation Example:
200 watts / 1000 = 0.2 KW
8 hours times 0.2 KW = 1.6 KWh
1.6 KWh times 20 cents per KWh = 32 cents
My Personal Crock-Pot Costs
(My personal KWh cost is $0.080994400)
2 quart: 100 W (Hi, Low settings) (3¢ for 4 hours on Hi)
4-quart: 200W (Hi, Low, Warm settings) (6¢ for 4 hours on Hi)
5-quart: 180-250W (Hi, Low settings) (12¢ for 8 hrs on Lo; 8¢ for 4 hrs on Hi)
7-quart: 370W (Hi, Lo, Warm settings) (12¢ for 4 hrs on Hi)
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