Here's an iron--it uses 1700 watts.What's a watt? A watt is a rate of doing work, which, I'd imagine, doesn't help much. Even less helpful is telling you it's a joule per second.
We could talk horsepower, I suppose--a few problems:
- The definition varies
- And who has any idea how powerful horses are anymore?
One horsepower translates into about 750 watts--the iron above is greater than 2 horsepower. That iron has enough power to lift a ton up 1 foot in less than 2 seconds.
Where does your power come from?
Your ironing requires a dammed river.
Your ironing requires a waste disposal site that will last beyond western civilization.
Your ironing strips away mountaintops.
To eliminate wrinkles. So you look presentable.