The measurement of energy consumption in Whirlpool stoves, as well as other brands on the market, depends on the type of stove and its energy source. Stoves that consume electricity will have energy usage measured in kilowatts per hour. Gas ranges, on the other hand, are measured in terms of the number of British thermal units or Btu used per hour. The amount of each of these energy sources used will also depend upon the setting of the stove when being used. An oven set to 450 degrees Fahrenheit will use more than one set to just 200 degrees.
Electric Versus Gas
The typical electric range will use approximately 1,200 to 2,500 watts per hour, depending upon the size of the burner being used. Small burners will use the former figure and large burners, the latter. Most four-burner stoves will also have two medium-watt burners ranging from 1,500 to 1,800 watts of usage per hour. The amount used by gas ranges is about 5,000 Btu per hour for a small burner, 9,000 per hour for a medium burner and in excess of 15,000 for larger burners.
Whirlpool has a variety of different stoves available. Due to the variety, the energy usage differs significantly throughout the entire range of products. For instance, the 30-inch freestanding electric range only has two primary burner sizes and uses between 1,500 and 2,000 watts per hour per burner. The gas version has burners that range in energy usage from 9,500 to 13,500 Btu per hour.
The individual features of the various Whirlpool ranges also effect the energy usage. For example, some Whirlpool stoves come with a double oven feature. The 30-inch, freestanding electric double oven range has an energy-saving feature that uses 62 percent less energy over a 24-hour period than other electric ovens. The upper oven uses 39 percent less energy than a standard-size range. Some gas ranges have other features that also affect energy usage in similar ways.