Peloton is all the rage, and home exercise equipment in general is more popular than ever. Their exercise bikes are more or less unique on the market in that they actually consume energy, which powers the large touchscreen on the front, where you watch and participate in classes. While not nearly as power-hungry as appliances like air conditioners or washing machines, it can be helpful to know how much electricity your Peloton uses when you’re looking at your whole home’s energy usage.
- On average, a Peloton uses 50 watts of electricity.
- Using a Peloton bike 4 hours a week will use about 54.75 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.
- It costs an average of $0.86 to use a Peloton bike for a month, and $10.36 to use for a year.
- The best way to save on electricity is to install solar panels. Start comparing your options on the EnergySage Marketplace today.
In this article
- How much electricity does a Peloton use?
- Definitions: watts, amps, volts, and more
- How much does it cost to power a Peloton?
How much electricity does a Peloton bike use?
Generally, a Peloton bike uses about 50 watts (W) of electricity. Pelotons connect to a standard 120 volt outlet, and pull a maximum of 3.25 amps.
How much you use your exercise bike has the biggest impact on how much electricity it uses over time. Here’s how energy usage pans out based on 2 hours, 4 hours, or 6 hours of weekly Peloton usage:
- If you bike 2 hours per week, that’s 0.1 kWh per week, 3.04 kWh per month, and 36.5 kWh per year.
- Biking 4 hours per week comes to 0.2 kWh per week, 6.08 kWh per month, and 73 kWh per year.
- Using a Peloton for 6 hours per week adds up to 0.3 kWh per week, 9.13 kWh per month, and 109.5 kWh per year.
Watts, amps, voltage, and more: what do they mean?
There are a lot of terms you can use to describe how electricity flows and is used by appliances. We’ve already mentioned most of them – here are a few definitions to keep things straight:
- Volts (V): volts (short for voltage) are measures of electrical pressure differences. Put simply, voltage is the speed of electricity passing through a circuit.
- Amps (A): amps (short for amperes) are a measure of electrical current. Put simply, amps are the amount of electrons (which make up electricity) flowing through a circuit.
- Watts (W) and kilowatts (kW): multiplying volts x amps gets you watts (or wattage). Put simply, watts are the rate of electricity consumption. A kilowatt is just 1,000 watts.
- Kilowatt-hours (kWh): lastly, kilowatt-hours are how your electric bill measures your energy usage. Simply put, kilowatt-hours are electricity consumption over time.
You can think of all of these terms like water flowing through a pipe. Voltage is the water pressure, amps are the amount of water flowing past any point, and wattage is the overall rate of water flow through the pipe.
How much does it cost to power a Peloton bike?
When you get your monthly electric bill, you only get to see the total amount you’re charged, not how much each appliance contributes to your final bill. Based on 4 hours of use per week and a wattage of 50 W for Peloton bikes (amounting to 73 kWh/year) and using state average electricity rates, here’s how the cost to power a Peloton bike pans out over the course of a month and a year:
Monthly and yearly costs to use a Peloton bike by state
|State||Average electricity rate||Cost per month||Cost per year|
|California||22.00 ¢ / kWh||$1.34||$16.06|
|New York||20.59 ¢ / kWh||$1.25||$15.03|
|Texas||12.56 ¢ / kWh||$0.76||$9.17|
|Massachusetts||22.59 ¢ / kWh||$1.37||$16.49|
|Florida||12.21 ¢ / kWh||$0.74||$8.91|
|Virginia||12.58 ¢ / kWh||$0.77||$9.18|
|New Jersey||16.20 ¢ / kWh||$0.99||$11.83|
|Maryland||14.48 ¢ / kWh||$0.88||$10.57|
|Washington||10.38 ¢ / kWh||$0.63||$7.58|
|US Average||14.19 ¢ / kWh||$0.86||$10.36|
Note: average electricity rates are based on October 2021 data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
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See what electricity costs near you
The more expensive your electricity is, the higher your costs will be for operating a Peloton. Curious how much electricity costs near you? Click on your state to learn more:
Frequently asked questions about powering a Peloton bike
If you’re on a time-of-use (TOU) rate plan, you are charged different amounts for electricity throughout the day. In general, it’s cheaper to use appliances during “off-peak” hours, which are usually overnight.
All popular home batteries are capable of powering a Peloton bike: most lithium-ion batteries like the Tesla Powerwall or Generac PWRcell have a power rating of 4 to 5 kW or higher, and 10+ kWh of usable capacity. Pelotons use about 50 W (0.05 kW) of power at any one time, meaning a battery will be plenty suitable for backing up and powering your Peloton for extended periods of time.
Pelotons use 50 W of electricity to stay powered. On average, solar panels are rated at around 350 W, meaning you’ll be able to power a Peloton bike easily with just one solar panel.
ENERGY STAR is a U.S. government-backed system that certifies how energy efficient appliances are. If an appliance is better than the average appliance in its category by a certain amount, it is labeled as “ENERGY STAR certified”. ENERGY STAR appliances cost less money to run, given that they are more efficient with the electricity they use.
How much money can solar panels save you?
Solar savings vary widely, and your unique savings depends on factors like electricity usage, your location, electric rates and plans, and more. In general, most homeowners can expect to save somewhere between $10,000 and $30,000 over the lifetime of a solar panel system. On average, it takes between 7 and 8 years for most homeowners who shop for solar on EnergySage to get their solar panels to pay for themselves.
Going solar is one of the most effective ways to reduce or eliminate your electric bill, and you should make sure you are getting several quotes from reputable installers before you decide to move forward. Visit the EnergySage Marketplace to get solar quotes from installers in your area and begin comparing options.