When you’re getting into yard inflatables, at some point you’ll probably stop to wonder “How much are these things costing me on my electric bill”? This is not an uncommon question at all, so we did some research and some math to find out how much electricity a yard inflatable uses.
Factors of Inflatable Usage Cost
Without buying your own electricity usage monitor, there’s a few factors we can use to give you a ballpark of how much it’s costing you to run an inflatable.
1. Inflatable Size
Bigger inflatables are going to use require more power to keep them upright than a smaller one. So a 4 foot inflatable will use less energy than a 12 foot inflatable.
2. Animated vs Stationary
If you have a yard inflatable that’s animated, that’s going to suck up more electricity to make the motions happen.
3. Electricity Rates
This is something you’ll need to check your power bill for to find your current rate, it should be listed in xx cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). The national average in the US is 12 cents, so we will use that for our calculations.
4. Usage Time
How often you keep your inflatable running through the day will obviously play the biggest factor in how much energy it uses.
We will assume your inflatable run 12 hours a day for our estimations, so be sure to modify it accordingly to fit how you plan on using your inflatables.
You may want to keep your best Christmas yard inflatables running 24 hours a day, so in that case, just double the calculations below.
Estimated Costs for Yard Inflatables
The below figures are only estimations based on manufacturer claims, in the real world your costs could be higher or lower. Use an electricity usage monitor if it’s important enough to you that you need exact figures.
4 Foot Inflatable – 52 Watts per hour x 12 hours = .624 kWh per day. If used all 31 days of December for 12 hours a day, this inflatable would add $2.32 to your electric bill.
6 Foot Inflatable – 60 Watts per hour x 12 hours = .72 kWh per day. If used all 31 days of of December for 12 hours a day, this inflatable would cost an additional $2.68 on your electric bill.
8 Foot Inflatable – 76 Watts per hour x 12 hours = .91 kWh per day. If used all 31 days of of December for 12 hours a day, this inflatable would add $3.39 to your electric bill.
12 Foot Inflatable – 85 Watts per hour x 12 hours = 1.02 kWh per day. If used all 31 days of of December for 12 hours a day, this inflatable would add $3.80 to your electric bill.
For animated inflatables, it’s harder to give an accurate estimation due to the variation of complexities of the animated inflatables out there. As a very general rule of thumb, you’d need to double or triple the estimates above to take into consideration the animated power consumption.
So a 6 foot, animated Halloween yard inflatable could use as much as 200 Watts per hour x 12 hours = 2.4 kWh per day. If used all 31 days of December, this would amount to an extra $8.92 on your electric bill.