How Much Electricity Is Needed to Run a 2500-Square-Foot Home?

When your are planning and building a new house, it is a good idea to consider the amount of electricity you will be using. You can use this information not only for the installation process but also to estimate your costs in the future.

Background Knowledge

Electricity is one of the basic costs you will need to estimate when owning a house.

In the United States most of your appliances and lights will use 120 volts. However, things like dryers and electric stoves use 240 volts. The line into your house from the street will have 240 volts which can be broken down to circuits of 120 volts in your home's circuit box.

How the Capacity Is Measured

Electricians usually measure the capacity needed in your house using a parameter called volt-amps. This is the apparent power, the rate of flow of energy past a certain point in a circuit. By simply dividing by the number of volts (240 in most American homes) you can find the number of amps needed.

Depends What You Are Using

The power you need depends on how many electric devices you are using in your home. As an example, if your house has a garbage disposal, garage-door opener, electric water heater, dishwasher and electric stove, you will need approximately 18,000 volt-amps, or circuits to handle 75 amps.

About the Author

Les Belzer has been a professor, entrepreneur, farm owner and writer since 1968. He has written in-house articles on education, mathematics and Spanish literature. Since 1999 he has written travel articles for Escapeartist and "International Living." Belzer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish literature from Idaho State University and a Master of Science in math from the Universidad Mayor de San Simon.