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The sun contains over 99.8% of all the mass of our solar system. The planet Jupiter contains the majority of the balance of mass.

The surface of the Sun is called the "photosphere."

The Sun's energy output is approximately 386 billion billion megawatts.

 

 

 

Wattages of Common Household and Shop Items

When you're planning to make the jump from grid-provided power to solar or wind power, or you're contemplating supplying a part of your power using either wind or solar power resources, knowing how much power you'll be using is always one of the first steps. This list of approximate wattages for some of the most common household and shop items will give you a good head start on computing the amount of power you'll need or want.

Remember that you won't turn everything on at the same time, so the demand on your solar or wind power system will never equal the maximum numbers of watts used by all the items. Also, if you do decide to start taking advantage of solar or wind power, you'll no doubt start to be more conservative in your use of power – especially with lights, TVs, and computers.

Electrical Device

Approximate Wattage

½" drill

750

19" Color TV

160

25" Color TV

300

3/8" Drill

500

5-hp Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum

1,000

7¼" Circular Saw

1,200

Band Saw

1,200

Blender

300

Cappuccino Maker

1,250

CD Player

35

Clock Radio/Alarm

50

Coffee Grinder

100

Coffee Maker (large)

1,200

Coffee Maker (small)

650

Desktop Computer/Monitor

300-450

DVD Player

35

Finishing Sander

1,200

Freezer

600-850

Frying Pan

1,200

Grinder

1,200-1,800

Hair Dryer

800-1,500

Hot Plate

1,200

Iron

1,000

Jig Saw

300

Laptop Computer

30-100

Microwave

1,000-2,200

Refrigerator w/freezer

600

Satellite Dish

30-75

Space Heater

500-1,500

Stereo

25-110

Table Saw

1,800

Toaster

750-1,500

Toaster Oven

1,200

Vacuum Cleaner

250-1,200

VCR

40-75

Waffle Iron

1,200

Washing Machine

800-1,000

 

 

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