How Many Watts of Electricity does a Chest Freezer use?

Real power-use measurements from a chest freezer.

How Much Power does a Chest Freezer use

Chest Freezer: 131 Watts


  • Freezers work like refrigerators, by compressing air or fluid into a small space and then letting that air or fluid expand into another space. Compressing the fluid makes it give off heat, which happens in the back of the freezer. Letting it expand causes it to draw in heat, which happens inside the refridgerated box. They run in cycles, triggered by a thermostat inside the freezer.
  • power cycles on and off, from 0 to 131 watts.

Power Use

  • Watts: 131
  • Kilowatts: 0.131 Kw.

Operation Cost

  • cost per minute: 3 hundredths of one cent (0.03 ¢)
  • cost per hour: 1.6¢
  • cost per day: 13¢
  • cost per month: $2.39

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Power use of these items was actually tested. Individual items will vary, but these are the actual measurements.