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The cost of electricity is figured in kilowatt-hours (KWh).
Example15 amps x 240 volts = 3,600 watts.
Divide the wattage of your kiln by 1000, which gives you the kilowatts, and move the decimal point 3 spaces to the left.
Examples10,800 watts ÷ 1000 = 10.8
4,800 watts ÷ 1000 = 4.8
800 watts ÷ 1000 = .8
To figure kilowatt hours for your kiln, multiply the kilowatts by the number of hours that all the elements are turned on.
If the heating elements for a 10.8 kilowatt kiln stay on continuously for 5 hours, the kiln would use 10.8 X 5 which equals 54 kilowatt hours.
To find out what it will cost to fire your kiln, multiply the number of kilowatt hours by the amount your power company charges for a kilowatt hour
If they charge .09 per kilowatt hour, multiply 54 by .09 which equals $4.86.
The heating elements do not usually stay on throughout the whole firing cycle.
Now, if your kiln uses infinite control switches or a digital controller, the elements cycle on and off to control the heating rate.
The clicking noise that you hear during the firing is the sound of the switches or relays turning the elements on and off.
The faster or hotter your kiln fires, the longer the elements stay on per hour.
As a rough rule of thumb, figure that the elements stay on half to three quarters of the total firing time.
A kiln draws 10,800 watts and the firing lasts 5 hours.
You estimate that the elements remain powered during half of the firing.
Below is an example of how to figure the cost.
10,800 watts ÷ 1,000 = 10.8 kilowatts
10.8 x 5 hours = 54 KWh (kilowatt-hours)
54 ÷ 2 = 27 KWh only on half the time during a 5-hour firing
27 x .09 = $2.43 the cost to run the kiln for five hours.
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