Your Keurig® brewer is a faithful servant, always there ready to provide you with a piping hot cup of joe. Of course, doing so requires a steady flow of electricity but, just how much? Are you paying a steep cost to indulge in this modern-day simple pleasure?
As you may guess, your Keurig® brewer uses the most power during the initial start-up. The brewer takes approximately three minutes to warm and about 1500 watts of power costing you somewhere around two cents. Chump change, right? Well, yes but, what if you do this several times a day over many years? It certainly can add up to a few bucks.
If you brew several cups a day (five or more cups), it makes more economical sense to leave the brewer on. Your Keurig® coffee maker will only use somewhere between 200- 400 watts of power to brew a K-Cup® pod since it is not heating the water from a cold start. However, you do need to consider that power will still be drained when your unit is sitting idle, about the same as a 60 watt light bulb or 1/3 of a cent per hour or eight cents per day.
Most Keurig® home brewers now come with an energy-saving mode or auto-off time. This allows for the ultimate, personalized reduction of energy use. With all of this said, if power consumption is not an issue for you (rural areas, solar power users, etc) at the end of the day the cost is very minimal and in my opinion worth every penny to be able to enjoy my delicious K-Cup® coffee every day, all day, whenever I want!
P.S. There are those that believe leaving a small appliance plugged in and on can be a fire hazard, this article is not intended to offer any sort of opinion or advice on that subject. Please make your decision at your own risk and by doing your own research.