Bread maker: What power consumption should you expect??

If you regularly use your bread maker, you would of course like to know what the costs of the operation are. How to determine the consumption of a bread maker in operation, and with what accuracy, you will find out in this article.

Differences in consumption

A bread maker performs various activities independently. Most of the energy is consumed when heating. On the other hand, very little energy is used for other activities of the bread maker.

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Which activities take how long always depends on the type of program used. With different programs, the individual activities take different lengths of time, and the heating-up temperatures are also often different.

The maximum power specified on the device can therefore not be used to estimate the power consumption. You would then estimate it clearly too highly, because this maximum output is only approximately used for very short periods of time.

For a reliable estimate, the following work best:

  • Manufacturer information in the operating instructions
  • Power consumption meters

Manufacturer information in the operating instructions

Some manufacturers provide information in the operating instructions or the device documentation about how much power is required for individual program levels or for overall programs. Sometimes information on power consumption is also given.

You can use the individual data to roughly calculate how much electricity is consumed in total if you know the duration of the individual program steps. This is a bit tedious and also not completely exact, but usually sufficient for a reliable estimate.

Power consumption meters

You can also borrow such measuring devices from your energy supplier, but they can also be purchased cheaply. For 8-10 euros you can get well-functioning devices.

These measuring devices are simply plugged into the socket, the plug of the bread maker simply goes into the device socket. In this way, it is precisely determined and displayed how much electricity the bread maker draws during the baking process.

Guideline values

The values can of course be slightly different depending on the amount of bread, the degree of browning and the program sequence; the consumption is usually 750 g of bread and an average degree of browning in the range of 0.4 kWh.

Depending on the electricity price, the electricity costs for the bread maker are thus at approx. 8 - 10 cents per baking process. So they are negligibly small.

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