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:
- A basic calculator
- Your electricity charges per kilowatt-hour (or kWh) from your last month’s power bill
- 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
There are Two Ways to do the Math:
- Use the easy Electricity Bill Calculator provided in the link.
- 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.
- 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.
- Multiply watts by .001, to get the kilowatts. For example, 360 x .001 = 0.36 kW
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Home Oxygen Concentrator – User Manuals
- Portable Concentrator Electricity Usage and Costs
- Which Home Oxygen Concentrator Is Right for You?
Updated: April 6, 2020
Published: July 25, 2015