Electricity usage of a Clothes Dryer

A clothes dryer is a common household appliance to dry clothes or other fabrics after they have been washed using a washing machine. Clothes dryers use quite a bit energy because they need to spin and produce heat. The energy use of a dryer varies between 1800 watts and 5000 watts, a typical dryer will use around 3000 watts.

Click calculate to find the energy consumption of a clothes dryer using 3000 Watts for 0.25 hours a day @ $0.10 per kWh. This is the same as running the dryer twice for 52.5 minutes a week.

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The best way to reduce energy use when drying clothes or towels is to hang dry them, this will avoid the clothes dryer all together. If you have a backyard or a balcony setup some hang lines and hang your clothes to dry, you will save energy and money. During winter it may not be possible to hang dry clothes, in that case using a dryer might be required. We recommend not to fully over dry clothes, instead dry your clothes until they are almost dry and hang them up in the house to dry completely.


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