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How Much Electricity Does A Treadmill Use? Find Out Here

Treadmills are ubiquitous in gyms these days, but many people aren’t aware of how much electricity they use. That’s a problem because, as you might guess, they can use a lot. In fact, a treadmill can use as much electricity as a household appliance. That’s why the first step to saving energy when buying a treadmill, or any other piece of exercise equipment, is to check its energy rating.

Treadmills are a popular choice for those who want to exercise indoors during the winter months or for those who want to avoid the typical weather conditions. However, they’re more expensive than other types of exercise equipment and like other types of exercise equipment, they consume energy. 

Treadmill Power Usage Depends on many factors

Many facilities will have a limited amount of power that is needed to operate the treadmills. It is important to know how the power usage of a treadmill is calculated. It is calculated in a simple way, but there are many factors that contribute to the overall usage.

The treadmill motor itself uses the most amount of power. It will be the single largest factor that will contribute to the total power usage.

The energy usage of a treadmill depends on many factors: what kind, how old, and how often it is used. The more you run, the higher your energy bill. If you have a motorized treadmill, then there is another source of energy it consumes.

Calculating Your Energy Usage

Calculating power usage is important for several reasons. First of all, you want to be able to anticipate how much you’re going to be paying for the electricity that powers your exercise equipment. If you’re in a situation where you have to pay for the power your treadmill uses, it’s much better to know exactly how much it’s using so you can budget appropriately.

You’ll need to know how much power your treadmill uses if you want to sell it or give it away. And, you’ll need to know how much power your treadmill uses if you want to upgrade to a larger unit.

The energy usage of a treadmill varies, depending on its motor and speed settings; however, it does not take much to keep a treadmill running.

To calculate how much energy the treadmill is using, you need to know the treadmill’s electrical usage and the length of time you have been using it. 

To calculate the energy you are using, enter your weight, speed, incline, and time into this formula. You can plug in values for each variable and then solve for the unknown. For example, if you enter your weight as 150, your speed as 5 miles per hour, and your incline as 5 percent, you can use the numerator to solve for the energy you

The formula you will need to calculate the power usage of your treadmill is: Power usage (in watts) = (treadmill belt length in meters / 3.28) x (treadmill speed in kilometers per hour) x .9 The reason for the .9 multiplier is that the treadmill will be using power to turn the motor to operate the belt.

The Average Treadmill Power Consumption

It’s no secret that the cost of electricity can be very high. But it would be a big mistake to ignore the extra electricity your treadmill uses, especially if it’s one of the older models that don’t automatically shut off when you walk away. The good news is there are simple steps you can take to reduce your treadmill’s electricity usage, starting with adjusting the amount of time it is plugged into the wall to power itself.

On average, a treadmill consumes about 280 kilowatts of energy per year. That means that if you run on a treadmill for an hour every day, you’re burning through a whopping 90 kilowatts of electricity. That’s about the same amount of power you’d get from a 70-watt light bulb. For many people, the idea of burning that much electricity might seem a little counterintuitive. After all, isn’t running supposed to be good for the environment?

Tips for Saving Electricity When Using a Treadmill

Running on a treadmill is a great way to get a good workout without having to be concerned about the weather. If you have a treadmill at home, you know that it can be an energy hog. After all, it’s a machine that runs on electricity!

Running on a treadmill is typically a lot less efficient than running outdoors because you have to provide the electricity, and if it gets too hot or too cold, you have to turn the treadmill off! But, there are things you can do to save energy while you’re running on your treadmill.  

However, if you’re running on one to save on your electricity bill, there are a few things to consider.

  • Keeping your treadmill properly calibrated will ensure that you’re using the most energy-efficient speed for your workout.
  • Running outside burns calories more quickly, so if your treadmill won’t fit in your living room, switching to outdoor running for part of your workout can help you get the same results in half the time.
  • When you finish your run, make sure you turn off the treadmill.
  • You can save energy by letting the treadmill run while it cools down, but it’s certainly slower, and the cooling process takes longer. 
  • You can improve your treadmill’s efficiency by cleaning the dust off the belt and lubricating the moving parts.
  • The treadmill requires a lot of power to run, so you have to make sure that you do not leave it on when you are not using it, this will save you money and help you to be able to have a longer and more pleasurable time on your treadmill each time you use it.
  • Purchase a treadmill that is Energy Star certified. These are usually more expensive, but they generally use less electricity. 
  • Switch to manual mode

Last Words

Maintaining a treadmill is a vital part of keeping it power efficient. In fact, the difference between a treadmill that’s in top shape and one that’s not can be as much as 80 percent. Treadmills are one of the most popular pieces of equipment in most gyms, but they can be hard to maintain. They require regular cleaning and oiling and to prevent it from working to its full potential. If you want to get the most out of your treadmill you need to make sure you are doing the right things to keep it running smoothly.


Randy Lucas

Randy here - Fitness enthusiast and avid runner - besides running I also love playing with my two German Shepherds Peter and Bruce - oh and I love cooking. I am the Webmaster over at where I ramble about all things fitness in an effort to make the world a healthier place.