Electricity usage of a Hair Dryer

Hair dryers or blow dryers are popular household devices used for drying your hair by blasting cool, warm or hot air towards wet hair and increasing the evaporation of water. Most hairdryers will have a power rating label to indicate the maximum wattage, it typically ranges from 800 to 1800 watts. The energy use of a hair dryer depends which mode it is using, unheated air can use as low as 70 watts of power. A typical hair dryer on high heat will use around 1500 watts.

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Using a hair dryer on a daily bases for a short period of time will not use a significant amount of energy. Extended use of a blow dryer on high heat can cause damage to hair, you can save some energy per year if you towel dry or air dry your hair instead.


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