# What is a kilowatt-hour?

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Apr 14, 2014

First of all, kilowatt-hour od kilowatt hour has many symbols: kW·h, kW h or kWh. It is a unit of energy equal to 1,000 watt-hours, or 3.6 megajoules.

Very simple:

If the energy is being transmitted or used at a constant power over a period of time, the total energy in kilowatt-hours is the product of the power in kilowatts and the time in hours.

It is commonly used as a billing unit for energy delivered to consumers by electric utilities.