How Much Electricity Does A Treadmill Use?
By Simon Gould
Treadmills cost a lot of money to buy. To buy a decent one will cost around $2,000 and then you have the assembly and that's just to get it in the house. On top of this you have the maintenance and repair bills. All of this including the cost of the treadmill can mount up to some significant amount of money. So does a treadmill increase the electricity bill?
Electricity is a large bill none of us like paying so it makes sense to want to know if a treadmill is going to increase that cost and by how much. Considering what a treadmill does and the noise it makes you think it might use a lot of electricity. It has to put up with someone propelling themselves on at great speeds and the motor has to keep up with it.
Electricity usage is measured in kw/h so you need to know the wattage that an appliance has and how much your energy costs you. Using these parameters we can make an estimation as to how much electricity different fitness equipment uses and how much it costs. Of course some ellipticals, bikes and treadmills are manually powered and so don't connect to the electricity supply.
The amount of electricity the treadmill uses is dependent on how much you weigh, the incline, the speed and of course how long you're on it for. There is a great page on treadmill power consumption where a 3 mile run at 2% incline for a 150 lbs person cost a little under 2 cents to use. He's tried every variation even with having no runner on it and measured the power consumption.
The conclusion is that treadmills and other fitness equipment uses hardly any electricity relating to how much they cost to buy and run in the first place. The maximum they will cost you when using a treadmill daily is around $10 per month. Treadmill lube costs more than this. While it's nice to keep every cost low you don't need to limit your home treadmill use to save money as it doesn't make much difference.
The reason it doesn't use much electricity is firstly because you're only using it for a short period which is about an hour per day. Secondly it's primary function is not to generate heat. Heating appliances tend to cost the most in terms of electricity. Although nearly all appliances including treadmills generate heat as a by product, this is not the primary function.