Kilowatt Hour (kWh)

Last updated: May 12, 2021

What Does Kilowatt Hour (kWh) Mean?

A kilowatt is a unit of electricity or energy that equals 1,000 watts. Therefore, a kilowatt hour is an approximation of how much energy has been expended or used to power electronics in the period of one hour.

Kilowatt hours are used by utility companies to charge customers for electricity. They show up on electricity bills as a unit of measurement, with a price attached per kilowatt.

Kilowatts are important for indoor growers to keep track of, so they can track how much electricity they are consuming by growing plants indoors. They use this information to gauge how profitable their yields are.


Maximum Yield Explains Kilowatt Hour (kWh)

While the best type of light for plant growth is natural sunlight, there’s no denying that artificial lights are often required during winter in order to sustain plant development.

When it comes to delicate plants and seedlings, however, it is important to pay close attention to the duration and intensity of the artificial grow light. Additionally, botanists recommend that growers vigilantly supervise the number of kilowatt hours to avoid over-exposure.

Kilowatt hours can also help commercial planters to determine how much money they’ll need to allocate per plant cycle. One kilowatt hour is equivalent to around two to three pounds of greenhouse gas. It is important to properly determine your light intensity since it has a direct impact on the crop’s yield and quality. Not monitoring the kilowatt hours can bleach the flowers and leaves, resulting in a poor yield.

Gardeners who are on a budget commonly use kilowatt hours to control the amount of money they’ll spend on their crops, since it helps provide a general estimate of how much they’ll need to invest. For example, botanists commonly multiply the cost of kilowatt per hour by the number of kilowatt hours to determine how much it will cost to run their growth light system over 30 days.


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