I purchased a "Watt-Meter" and I've done some measurements over the past few weeks and here are the results. These meters and similar ones can be purchased for about $25 at various outlets including Canadian Tire - search for Energy Meter.
UPM Marketing Inc. - UPM
(Search the web for terms like "energy meter, watt meter, power monitor, "Kill a Watt" etc)
have these Watt-Meters in stock and you can borrow one to check your power draws.
In some cases I didn't bother checking individual items, I simply checked everything that's plugged into the "UPS" (I have 4 UPS - one for Computer stuff, one for stereo stuff and two for TV stuff.). I've been "upgrading" UPS as required and moving the "older" ones to other services.
Item - Parasitic Draw / "On Draw" / Comments
Yamaha Receiver (Living Room) - 13 / 26-115 (115 only at very high volumes, typically much lower)
SA STB - 14 / 15
Discman - 4 / 4
Uniden Phone (Kitchen) - 8 / 8
New Panasonic Phones - 1 / 1
Cordless Vac - 7 / 7 (new more powerful one, previous one was 4/4
Large "Torchiere" Halogen Light (Living Room) - 0 / 150-300 (not used much)
Refrigerator - 10 / 10-600 / 84 kWh/month ($110/year)
Refrigerator Defrost: 580W (Fridge compressor uses 220W about 14 hours per day - 30 years old but working fine
New Panasonic NN-ST975S MicroWave: Up to ~1900W, 1-2W Standby
MacBook Pro - 2 / 60W when starting to charge, but ramps down to about 15W as charging nears completion.
iPad - 0/12 when starting to charge, ramps down to 5W nearing completion. Takes 4-5 hours for full charge.
Garage Door Opener - 5W parasitic, 200W for 5 minutes while 2 x 100W light bulbs are on, several hundred Watts during operation, which only lasts a few seconds.
Martin Logan Speaker - 0-2 / 0-2
Clements Sub - 4 / 4-100 (100 only at very high volumes, typically it's much lower)
Polk Sub - 16 / 16-200 (200 only at very high volumes, typically it's much lower)
Various UPS - 7-10W (15W when charging battery)
Denon AVR - 1 / 95+ (haven't yet checked very high volumes)
LD Player - 0 / 20-30
S-VHS - 4 / 16-22
Oppo BD player - 0 / 20-25
Toshiba DVD player - 0 / 10-15
Yamaha Tape Deck - 0 / 5
SA8300HD - 30 (latest Rogers Firmware has i/eHDD on 24/7)
eHDD for PVR - 3 / 10-12
Turntable 0 / 5
Panasonic TCP65S1 - 16 / 70-600 / 60 kWh/month ($80/year) (Gone 2017.03)
Sharp LC75N8000U - 4 / 50-175 / 20 kWh/month (New 2017.03)
Central Vacuum - 2 / 1370 / 1 kWh/use ($5/year)
Freezer - 0-600 Average 20 kWh/mo ($30/year)
Cable Amp - 0-1
Panasonic Phone - 1 / 2-3
Sony KDL40W3000 LCD TV - 4 / 180 / Average 4 kWh/month ($5/year, not used much)
Rechargeable Flashlight (Large) - 11 (Unplugged when on vacation)
All Computer UPS items now use 40-100W with Mac Mini/24" Benq, Airport Extreme, Rogers Modem, etc.
Small Halogen Light - 0 / 45-54 Lo/Hi settings
Washing Machine - 0 / 0-800 / 0.15 kWh/load, 5 kWh/month, $7/year (Gone 2019.03)
New Front Load LG Washer - 3 / 3-250 / 0.07 kWh/load
My clock radio - 3 / 4
Her clock radio - 3 / 4
Arlo Security - 6
AASTRA 390 Phone - 1
Davis Weather Station - 1
Even though my portable electrical heater says 500/1000/1500W, it consumes 400/800/1200. I have another one that says 1000/1500 and it consumed more like 600/1200. These are not used any more, but I measured them nonetheless.
Several timers to turn stuff on/off each day - each use 1-3 Watts 24/7 depending on make/model.
Since I acquired the device in the following thread, I've had the chance to take some readings over the weeks (Blue Line PowerCost Monitor). Since the device is only accurate to 100 Watts, these are rough numbers, but since the draws on these items are relatively large, the 100 Watt accuracy is adequate. Due to the instantaneous nature of the readings, I've also found some draws that I didn't find before on my Watt Meter - like my fridge defrost cycle, simply because I didn't look at the Watt Meter at the time the cycle was on.
Blue Line Power Cost Monitor (Same as B&D) - Canadian TV, Computing and Home Theatre Forums
Here are my various readings (your readings would vary depending on the item):
Mini-Split Mitsubishi heat pump: 200 - 1000W - typical very hot day 500W.
Central A/C: 2000W (not used now that I have the mini-split)
Central HVAC fan: 200W (run in "auto", not "on" mode)
Hot Water Heater: 4000-5000W (on a timer for off-peak hours - is "on" 1-2 hours per day, depending on hot water use)
Dryer: 5000W (load usually takes about an hour but element cycles depending on need)
- Simmer Element: 1000W
- Small Element: 1200W
- Large Element: 2000W
- Oven Element: 3600W The various elements cycle depending on setting)
When we go on vacation, we unplug a number of devices and turn furnace down.