Alexa can be very useful thanks to the Echo’s always-listening abilities, which allow it to be ready for action at a moment’s notice. But how much electricity does this convenience cost?
I have five Echos scattered throughout the house in rooms where they are very handy, and I use them for a variety of things: music, timers, alarms, listening to the news, and more. However, as with some other devices and appliances in your home, your Echos draws on electricity all the time. This obviously costs money, but how much money do you spend to keep your echo always on and listening to your commands?
Using Kill A Watt, I monitored the power consumption of all the Echo devices in my home, which consist of the Echo Dot, Echo 1st Gen, Echo 2nd Gen, Echo Plus, and Echo Spot. Here’s what I found out.
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Standby power consumption
Here’s a breakdown of how much power the various Echo devices use when they’re idle (that is, when they’re just sitting around doing nothing):
Echo Dot: 1.75W
1st Generation Echo: 2.95W
Second generation echo: 1.95W
Echo Plus: 2.4W
Echo Spot: 1.9-2.25W (depending on screen brightness)
Of course, wattage by itself means nothing, but it’s good to know when calculating how much that wattage is costing you on your energy bill. Using this handy conversion tool, you can quickly find out the exact cost per day, per month, or even per year.
For example, a second generation echo left on standby for a whole month will cost you about $0.21 . Mind you, it depends on how much electricity costs in your area, but for me it’s $0.15/kWh.
When playing music, getting information and more
Obviously, Echo uses a little more power when used actively, whether it’s playing music or just telling you the weather. Here is what my Echo devices were pulling out while I was playing music (displayed as a range based on the volume of the music):
Echo Dot: 2.1-2.4W (average 2.25W)
1st Generation Echo: 3.1-3.4W (average 3.25W)
Second generation echo: 2.4-3.4W (average 2.9W)
Echo Plus: 3.0-4.3W (average 3.65W)
Echo Spot: 2.6-3.2W (average 2.9W and screen brightness at lowest setting)
This adds a little more to your monthly cost, but not by much. As an example, let’s say I play music and do other things on my second generation echo for an average of 1.5 hours a day.In a month it will cost me about $0.22 — very little.
Obviously, as you can see from the Echo Dot’s lower power consumption, you’ll pay less if you have one of those smaller siblings. But even a full-sized Echo won’t really affect your electricity bill.