Power consumption

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In electrical engineering, power consumption refers to the electrical energy per unit time,[1] supplied to operate something, such as a home appliance. Power consumption is usually measured in units of watts (W) or kilowatts (kW).[2]

The energy used by equipment is always more than the energy really needed. This is because no equipment is 100% efficient. Power is wasted as heat, vibrations and/or electromagnetic radiation. For example, a light bulb does not only convert electric power into light; it also makes some heat.

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  1. "Power and Energy". lafenergy.org. Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  2. "Measuring Electricity - Energy Explained, Your Guide To Understanding Energy - Energy Information Administration". www.eia.gov. Retrieved 2017-11-06.