How to Convert a Watt to Kilowatt

by William McCoy

A watt is a unit that measures power. More specifically, a watt is unit that is the sum of the multiplication of volts and amps. The more watts an electrical device has, the more powerful it is. For example, an 80-watt light bulb is more powerful, and brighter, than a 40-watt bulb. A kilowatt is equivalent to 1,000 watts, so converting watts to kilowatts involves a simple formula.

Understand the formula that explains the relationship between watts and kilowatts. One kilowatt is equal to 1,000 watts. Or, in other words, 1 watt is 1/1,000 of a kilowatt.

Write down the wattage that you wish to convert into kilowatts. For example, the wattage to convert could be 1,500 watts.

Divide the total number of watts by 1,000. In the example, divide 1,500 by 1,000. The answer to this example is 1.5, meaning that 1,500 watts is equivalent to 1.5 kilowatts.

About the Author

Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.

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