We all use energy at home in the form of electricity and gas in order to carry out domestic tasks or to simply watch television. There are many different units of energy and these include the Joule, the kilo-Watt-hour (kWh) and the kilo-British thermal unit (kBtu). Most domestic electric and gas meters measure energy in the units of kWh or kBtu. Luckily, converting between the two is simple.
Converting from kWh to kBtu
Write down the amount of energy in kWh. For the purpose of this example, let's assume we have 1 kWh. This is roughly the amount of energy you would consume by ironing clothes for one hour.
In order to convert kWh to kBtu, multiply by 3.412. Following the example:
1 kWh x 3.412 = 3.412 kBtu
Taking a second example, an oven uses approximately 2 kWh in one hour of baking. Converting this to kBtu give us:
2 kWh x 3.412 = 6.824 kBtu
About the Author
Samuel Markings has been writing for scientific publications for more than 10 years, and has published articles in journals such as "Nature." He is an expert in solid-state physics, and during the day is a researcher at a Russell Group U.K. university.