Stationary Oxygen Concentrator Electricity Usage and Costs

Naturally, the bigger the oxygen concentrator and the higher the dosage setting, the more electricity it will use. If you're worried about how much your stationary oxygen concentrator will make your electric bill go up, we’ll help you figure it out. It actually might not be as bad as you think!

Stationary oxygen concentrators run on AC power, and do not use batteries or are able to run on DC power. They are normally bigger than portable concentrators and usually operated at home with the ability to move from room to room on the wheels at the bottom.

Stationary oxygen concentrators are useful to those who need more than 3 LPM of continuous flow oxygen. Because they offer so much more oxygen, they are bigger and heavier, and cannot be run on a battery or DC power. They would require too much juice for a lithium or a car battery to handle.

The good news is, you might be able to get help with paying for your electricity bill since this is a medical cost. Call your electric company and see if you can get on a base payment plan, which will keep your bill low and under a certain amount every month.

Depending on your income, you might be able to get on a lowered power plan. The extra electricity cost from your stationary oxygen concentrator can also be counted as a tax write off since it's a medical expense. Either way, you'll need to know exactly how much your concentrator alone will cost in electricity usage, by the month or by the year. It's, really, not that hard to it figure out. Let's do some power mathematics:

Things you’ll need:

  1. A basic calculator
  2. Your electricity charges per kilowatt-hour (or kWh) from your last month’s power bill
  3. Wattage (W) of your Stationary Oxygen Concentrator from the user manual
    • The small Respironics SimplyFlo’s maximum wattage is 120 W
    • Inogen at Home consumes 275 W at the max
    • Respironics EverFlo at a 5 liter per minute flow consumes a max of 350 watts
    • The mighty and powerful Invacare Platinum 10 uses 585 W at 10 LPM flow rate

Home Concentrator Electricity Usage and Costs

There are Two Ways to do the Math:

  1. Use the easy Electricity Bill Calculator provided in the link.
  2. Or the more daring way, doing it on your calculator. Well, ok, if you want to do it in your mind – it’s your call!

Here are the steps:

Let’s figure out how much your stationary oxygen concentrator will contribute towards your electricity bill.

  1. If you haven’t already found the wattage, let’s calculate it. There will be a label on your oxygen concentrator telling you the amps and volts. To find out the watts, multiply these two numbers together. For example, if the voltage is 120V and ampere is 3A, then watts will be 120V x 3A = 360W.
  2. Multiply watts by .001, to get the kilowatts. For example, 360 x .001 = 0.36 kW
  3. How many hours each day would you be using your concentrator? Multiply the kilowatts by the number of hours, to get the kilowatt-hour (kWh). For example, if you’ll use the oxygen concentrator for eight hours every day, then 8h x 0.36kW = 2.88 kWh
  4. Now, to the number above, multiply the amount your power company charges by the kilowatt-hour (kWh). The number you get is how much your concentrator costs in electricity per day. For example, the power company charges 10 cents per kWh, then $0.10 x 2.88 kWh = $0.288. Therefore, you’ll get charged approximately 30 cents per day.
  5. Multiply this number by 30 to figure out the cost per month, or by 365 to figure out how much it will cost you per year. For example, monthly power charges will be $0.288 x 30 = $8.64, and per year it will be $0.288 x 365 = $105.12

Related Information

Updated: April 6, 2020
Published: July 25, 2015

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

13 thoughts on “Stationary Oxygen Concentrator Electricity Usage and Costs”

  • LARRY WILLIAMS

    WHAT INCOME LEVEL DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO USE AS TAX DEDUCTION ???

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your question, Larry. That would be a great question to inquire with your personal tax adviser regarding.

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  • Ranny

    My wife uses a concentrator at 5 ppm and in the motor home I use an inverter for power. The altenator is 13.6 volts with the concentrator running and 14.4 volt when it is off. Running it is drawing 32 amps but seems to be ok. Do I need too get a beefier altenator or is this okay?

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your inquiry, Ranny. Please refer to the owner's manual on your individual machine to determine what is required for power output. The manual will tell you exactly how much power is needed to run the machine safely.

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  • wilson rosario

    what will be the cost to buy the stationary and the maintenance on the equipment i need buy one and hipping to another country and i would like to know how much maintenance need the equipment thank you

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    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your inquiry, Wilson. I have passed along your information to one of our Specialists who will reach out shortly regarding your request. If you'd like more immediate assistance, feel free to reach out to them directly at 877-774-9271 or at [email protected]

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  • Patricia Goulette
    Patricia Goulette March 9, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Presently I am using an Ever Flo oxygen machine on wheels(Blue in Color) approx. 8 hours per night.
    Am I correct to believe that my cost per month should be the cost of kw multiplied by the hours used ,will show the extra cost to run this machine per month ? Thank you for your help.

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman March 12, 2018 at 7:46 am

      Patricia, you are correct. I have included the instructions
      How to Figure Out How Much Your Stationary Oxygen Concentrator Will Raise Your Electric Bill
      1. There will be a label on your concentrator, telling you the amps and volts. To find out the watts, multiply these two numbers together. If you already know the watts, you can skip this step.
      2. Multiply watts by .001, to get the kilowatts.
      3. How many hours each day would you be using your concentrator? Multiply this number by 30 to figure out the cost per month, or by 365 to figure out how much it will cost you per year.
      4. Multiply the kilowatts by the number of hours, to get the kilowatt hours.
      5. Multiply the amount your electric company charges for kilowatts by the hours, and the number you get is how much your concentrator costs in electricity.

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  • Barbara Moore

    This is very helpful information. Now I need to know which stationery concentrators use the least number
    of Kilowatt hours. Currently using liquid oxygen.

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    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman August 2, 2018 at 7:41 am

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

      Reply
  • barry weiss

    my wife and I are both on oxygen steadily 24/7
    we have 2 large machines.
    we are in the lowest income bracket.
    are there and programs that would help?
    we have electric heat and our bill last month was 580

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    • Sanket Jain

      Here's a tip. If your oxygen requirement is up to 5 liters/min, then you can purchase a 10 liters/min machine and use a Y-splitter to divide the oxygen flow to 5 lpm each. This way you can use just one machine and save on power. We can quickly answer all your questions over a phone call. Please reach us out at 888-387-5914. We are open seven days a week.

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  • Angela Jessica
    Angela Jessica April 15, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Hey there, first of all thank you so much for this post and honestly i was searching for the same information from last few days. Keep posting and keep sharing.

    Reply

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