A kilowatt (kW) is a unit of energy equal to 1,000 watts or 3,412 British thermal units (Btu). It’s used in many countries around the world as the standard measurement of electrical power output and demand. In Namibia, the kilowatt-hour (kWh) is used as the unit of energy equal to 3,624 Btu and 3,412-watt hours (Wh). An average American household uses about 11 kWh per day and uses an estimated 1,826 kWh per year. How much does electricity cost in your area?

### How many kilowatts does Namibia use per day?

Namibia uses an average of 7,000 kilowatts per day. The country, which has a population of only 2 million people and is five times the size of Texas, produces just 3% of its own electricity and relies on imports from neighbouring countries. A single watt-hour equals 1 watt for one hour or 0.5 watts for two hours or 0.25 watts for four hours or 0.125 watts for eight hours or 0.0625 watts for 16 hours (that’s 17 minutes). Electricity prices are relatively high at about USD$0.45/kWh, but gas fuel costs are also very expensive at about USD$1/liter.