How to Convert BTU to KW With a Calculator

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How to Convert BTU to KW With a Calculator
A basic calculator can be used for the conversion. (Creative Crop/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

A British Thermal Unit, or BTU, is the amount of energy needed to increase the temperature of a pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit. BTUs per hour is the way that BTUs can be measured as a unit of output power (BTUs per hour is often informally referred to simply as BTUs). A kilowatt, or kW, is another unit of more general metric measurement that also records the amount of output power. You can convert BTUs per hour to kilowatts by using an ordinary calculator.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Enter the amount of BTUs per hour into your calculator using the keypad.

  2. 2

    Press the multiplication, or "x" key located on the right-hand side of your keypad.

  3. 3

    Enter the value 0.000292875, which is the conversion constant from BTUs/hour to kilowatt, using your keypad and hit enter. For an example, if you have 10,000 BTUs per hour, then multiplying it by 0.000292875 should result in 2.92875 kilowatts.

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