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I have a hot-water jug that keeps water hot (say, at about $70\, ^{\circ} C$). To compute its operation cost, I would like to compute its daily energy consumption. The label on the jug says "800 Watts", but this is probably the maximum power used when it is actively heating the water. I would like to know how much energy is spent, on average, to keep the water hot. Some more details:

  • The room temperature is about $20\, ^{\circ}C$.
  • The jug is made of steel plates with air between them (maybe there is another insulating material between the plates—I could not find out exactly).
  • The jug capacity is about 5 litres, but usually it contains about 2 litres of water.

Based on this information, is it possible to approximate how much Watt*hour it consumes per day?

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  • $\begingroup$ It'd be useful to get the temperature of the water after some time, after the hot-water jug is unplugged $\endgroup$
    – DanDan面
    Oct 27, 2021 at 6:42
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    $\begingroup$ Possibly all you need to find out is the heat loss due to convection from the water surface (and possibly from the outside of the jug). I'd recommend, as a start, looking up the formula for convection and google a fitting heat transfer coefficient to go along with that formula. $\endgroup$
    – Steeven
    Oct 27, 2021 at 6:45

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The simplest approach here is to neglect radiative losses (small at these low temperatures) and use Newton's Law of Cooling as a simple model:

$$\dot{Q_{loss}}=UA\left(T_w-T_{env}\right)$$

where:

  • $T_w$ is the water temperature and $T_{env}$ is the ambient temperature
  • $U$ is the overall heat transfer coefficient and $A$ the jug's surface area.

The estimation of $U$, depending on the jug wall's composition, can be found here.

The jug is made of steel plates with air between them (maybe there is another insulating material between the plates—I could not find out exactly)

In order to compute an estimate of $U$ the precise material dimensions and characteristics would have to be known.

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  • $\begingroup$ Is evaporative cooling relevant? $\endgroup$
    – gmz
    Oct 27, 2021 at 8:47
  • $\begingroup$ @gmz Is the kettle open? $\endgroup$
    – Gert
    Oct 27, 2021 at 8:49
  • $\begingroup$ Seemingly so, at least partially. $\endgroup$
    – gmz
    Oct 27, 2021 at 8:51
  • $\begingroup$ It's not boiling though: EC may be small. Not sure, TBH... $\endgroup$
    – Gert
    Oct 27, 2021 at 8:55

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