If you have a hair dryer that you are using often enough, you may be wondering how much power it is consuming and what is the electricity cost.
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Depending on the model, a hair dryer may use between 1800 and 3000 Watts of power.
The power range it is very wide so you may want to know how much power your hair dryer is using. This information can be can be found on the hair dryer’s specifications label.
Alternatively, if you are considering to buy a new hair dryer, that wattage can be found on the internet by browser search. Just browse for the hair dryer’s model followed by ‘wattage’ or ‘ power consumption’.
If you only know the voltage and current of your hair dryer, you can calculate the power consumption, in Watts, using the calculator below.
For more information about Power, Voltage and Current, scroll down to the ‘Electricity Measurement Units’ section.
Once you know the power consumption, the calculator below can be used to estimate the power consumption and the electricity cost of a hair dryer over a period of time.
You just need to adjust the values in the PARAMETERS section to your requirements and the calculator will automatically display the RESULTS section.
> If you have a hair dryer which is rated as 3000 Watts (W)
> If you use the hair dryer 15 minutes every day and 210 days per year
> If you are paying 0,2 euro (or dollars, or pounds, or…) per every kWh you consume
You will be paying around 31,5 euro (or dollars, or pounds, or…) per year in electricity costs.
If you don’t know how much you are paying per kWh, you should be able to find the cost per kWh on your electricity contract or in one of the electricity bills.
Alternatively, if don’t have access to your contract or your electricity bills, this website does show the electricity cost per country.
A few other examples from our ‘Electricity usage and electricity cost calculators‘ page that may be of your interest:
If you want to know the exact electricity usage of a hair dryer, your best option is to use a plug in power meter to measure the exact power consumption and electricity cost.
Clicking on the image below it will redirect you to the Amazon page where you can have a look to the specifications of the power meter we use for our measurements.
All of our house appliances and devices like the washing machine, the dishwasher, the TV or the printer are plugged to a wall socket.
So, with a power consumption meter we can determine how much electricity our appliances or devices are using and, more importantly, we can measure the electricity usage over a period of time.
Have a look to this YouTube video for more information.
We have measured a 2100 Watts hair dryer’s power consumption and the results are as follow.
As you can see, the hair dryer’s electricity consumption depends on the settings.
This means that the power consumption stated on the device label can be used for orientation, to calculate the approximate electricity usage and cost, but to get to know the exact values a power meter it is advisable.
Depending on the model, a hair dryer can use from around 1500 Watts up to 3000 Watts.
It depends on the power rating of the hair dryer.
Using the calculator from the ‘Electricity cost calculator’ we have estimated that a 2100 Watts hair dryer that it is used 60 minutes it does use 2.1 kWh.
If we had to pay 0.217 euro/dollar/pound per kWh, to use a 2100 Watts dryer for 60 minutes a day would cost us 45 cents.
It depends on the power rating of the hair dryer.
Using the calculator from the ‘Electricity cost calculator’ we have estimated that a 2100 Watts hair dryer that it is used 60 minutes a day and 30 days per year it does use 63 kWh.
If we had to pay 0.217 euro/dollar/pound per kWh, to use a 2100 Watts dryer for 60 minutes a day and 30 days per year would cost us 13.6 euro/dollar/pound.
Not everybody it is familiar with terms like Watts, Kilowatts or Kilowatt hours so if you would learn more about them, have a look to this YouTube video that we have prepared about this topic.
Or you can have a look to this electricity measurement units calculators to get a better understanding of:
> What is a Watt (W) and how to transform Watts into Kilowatts
> What is a Kilowatt (kW) and how to transform Kilowatts into Kilowatts hour
> What is a Kilowatt hour (kWh) and how to transform Kilowatts hours to other units
> What are Power (P), Voltage (V) and Current (I)
Energy conservation can be defined as the decision and the act of using less energy
Energy conservation both benefit you and the environment
The act of saving and conserving electricity does benefit you because you will be paying less on your energy bills.
And it also does benefit the environment because conserving electricity prevents any unnecessary waste of natural resources.
Now, at individual level it may not look worth to try to save a few watts here or there.
Still, every little counts and if hundreds or thousands of us do save a little every time, it will make an important contribution towards conserving our natural resources.
If we could reduce the electricity usage of our hair dryers, even a very small amount, it would make a big impact on preserving our natural resources.
For example, if 9000 households would manage to save as little as 10 Watts per day (0,01 kWh) on hair dryers electricity usage, that would add to 32850 Kilowatt hour (kWh) saved per year.
9000 households x 0,01 kWh per day x 365 days per year
32,850 kWh saved per year
That is a considerable amount of electricity, but let’s add additional perspectives for clarity:
> Assuming an average cost of 0,18 euro (or dollars, or pounds, or any other currency) per kWh, we would collectively be saving nearly 6000 euro per year.
> To produce 32,850 kWh of electricity it is necessary to use around 17 metric tons of coal or 56 barrels of residual fuel oil.
In any case it is clear that small energy savings do really count when looking into the bigger picture.
If you are looking for saving electricity ideas at home, have a look to this YouTube video where we provide some useful tips to reduce the electricity usage and decrease the electricity bill.
Buying an energy effcient appliance or device is going to save electricity, water and decrease your energy and water bills, but at what prize?
Find out if you have paid a reasonable prize for that efficient device or appliance.
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