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Energy Snapshot

Here's How Much It Costs to Run a Coffee Maker in 27 Countries

The price of power for a TV, refrigerator, and a drip brewer varies widely worldwide.

The annual cost of running appliances
TV
Based on a 40-inch direct-lit LED model turned on five hours a day
Coffeemaker
Based on a ten-to-twelve-cup drip filter coffeemaker
Refrigerator
Residential top-freezer model with no icemaker or in-door dispenser
Television: Based on a 40-inch direct-lit LED model turned on five hours per day.
Coffee maker: Based on a 10-12-cup drip filter coffee maker.
Refrigerator: Residential top-freezer model with no ice maker or in-door dispenser.

MÓNICA SERRANO, NG STAFF
SOURCES: ENERGY STAR, International Energy Agency

How much is that cup of coffee? The answer depends not just on the price of the beans, but the electricity used to brew them and keep the pot warm. In Denmark, for example, running a drip coffee maker every day costs nearly $60 a year; in the United States, about a third as much.

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A home coffee maker can use anywhere from 10 to 150 kilowatt-hours per year, depending on the type of machine. 


The difference from country to country stands out in the graphic above, which shows average annual electricity costs for a coffee maker, television, and refrigerator. It's worth noting, though, that the numbers must be taken in context: Mexico's electricity prices rank as the cheapest among countries listed in a recent International Energy Agency report, but its median household income is less than one-sixth that of the United States.

The price of power depends on lots of factors, including taxes and utility fees, which take up more than half the power bill in Germany. Danes and Germans pay the most per kilowatt hour —39 and 38 cents, respectively—while people in most other surveyed countries pay 30 cents or far less.

The story is part of a special series that explores energy issues. For more, visit The Great Energy Challenge.

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