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Clothes iron power consumption and electricity cost

Clothes irons are an indispensable device that we all have to use, even if it is for only a few hours per week.

It is good to know the electricity usage and the electricity cost to make sure that there are no surprises once we receive the electricity bill.

How much power does a clothes iron use?

To find out the electricity usage of a clothes iron, first, you need to know how many watts your iron consumes.

This information can be found on the clothes iron’s specifications label or by searching for it on the manufacturer’s website.

clothes iron power consumption

Alternatively, if you are considering buying a new iron, that wattage can be found on the internet by browser search. Just browse for the iron model followed by ‘wattage’ or ‘ power consumption.

Iron wattage search

According to its specification label, our iron consumes 2,6 kWh. This is, 2,6 kW for every hour that it is in use.

2600 W / 1000 = 2,6 kWh

How to calculate power from voltage and current

If you only know the voltage and current of your clothes iron, 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.

Clothes iron electricity cost calculator

Once you know the power consumption, the calculator below can be used to estimate the power consumption and the electricity cost of an iron 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.

 

For example:

> If your clothes iron has a power rating of 2600 Watts (W)

> If you use it 45 minutes per day and 110 days per year.

> If you are paying 0,217 euros (or dollars, or pounds, or …) per every kWh you consume

The clothes iron would add around 46,5 euros (or dollars, or pounds, or …) to your yearly electricity bill.

How much does electricity cost

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.

how much does electricity cost

Alternatively, if don’t have access to your contract or your electricity bills, this website does show the electricity cost per country.

Home appliances and devices electricity calculators

A few other examples from our ‘Electricity usage and electricity cost calculators‘ page that may be of your interest:

Clothes iron electricity usage monitor

If you want to know the exact electricity usage of a clothes iron, 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 at the specifications of the power meter we use for our measurements.

plug in power meter

All of our house appliances and devices like the washing machine, the dishwasher, the TV, or the printer are plugged into 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.

If you want to find out how you can use a plug in power meter to measure your electricity usage and electricity cost, have a look at this YouTube video.

Plug in power meter

How to lower your clothes iron electricity bill

These are some ways that should save you some electricity, and time, while ironing:

1.- Reduce the number of creases on your clothes

The more creases they have, the more time, energy, and electricity will take to iron those clothes. The way you make your laundry has a direct effect on ironing.

An overload washing machine or a very strong spin cycle will increase the number of creases and will make the ironing very inefficient.

2.- Hang your clothes after washing them

Again, by hanging your clothes you will decrease the number of creases and that will save you time, energy, and electricity while ironing.

Do not throw your clothes from the washing machine into the basket, hang them instead.

3.- Organize your clothes before ironing them

There are clothes that require less temperature and some that require more temperature to have them correctly pressed.

Organize your clothes before starting ironing and progressively increase the temperature of your iron. With this method, you will save time and electricity.

4.- Make sure that you don’t use hard water on your clothes iron

Hard water will create scale deposits on your iron making it less and less efficient over time. if you want to know more, have a look at this post about the effects of hard water on your appliance and devices.

Alternatively, we have also created an informative YouTube video that shows how to measure the water hardness level.

consequences of having hard water at home

5.- Keep your clothes iron clean

If the metal plate that is in contact with your clothes is dirty, it is going to make the pressing process more difficult and time-consuming. The more time the iron stays powered on, the more electricity will be used.

6.- Choose a good and efficient clothes iron

A good iron will make the pressing process easier and less time-consuming. It may be worth investing some money in an efficient iron. In the long run, it will save you time and money on electricity.

Clothes iron electricity usage FAQ

How much electricity does an iron use in an hour?

It depends on the iron model.

An iron does use between 500 and 1500 Watts per hour.

Once you know the power consumption, the calculator from the ‘electricity cost calculator’ section can be used to estimate the electricity usage of clothes iron in an hour.

Electricity measurement units

Not everybody is familiar with terms like Watts, Kilowatts, or Kilowatt hours so if you would like to learn more about them, have a look at this YouTube video that we have prepared about this topic.

What is a Kilowatt hour (kWh)

Electricity measurement units calculators

Or you can have a look at this electricity measurement units calculators to get a better understanding of:

> What is a Watt (W) and how do 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 do transform Kilowatts hours into other units

> What are Power (P), Voltage (V), and Current (I)

Watt (W)
Watt (W) wattage calculator
Kilowatt (kW)
Kilowatt (kW) calculator
Kilowatt hour (kWh)
Kilowatt hour (kWh) calculator
Power, voltage, current
Power, voltage, current calculator

Clothes iron and energy conservation

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 for your energy bills. 

And it also does benefit the environment because conserving electricity prevents any unnecessary waste of natural resources.

Now, at the individual level, it may not look worth trying to save a few watts here or there. 

Still, every little count and if hundreds or thousands of us do save a little every time, it will make an important contribution towards conserving our natural resources.

Energy conservation calculator

If we could reduce the electricity usage of our clothes irons, 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 ironing clothes, that would add to 32850 Kilowatt hours (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 euros (or dollars, or pounds, or any other currency) per kWh, we would collectively be saving nearly 6000 euros 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.

Have a look at this page for more information about the number of resources needed to produce electricity.
 

In any case it is clear that small energy savings do really count when looking into the bigger picture.

Proven ways to save electricity at home

If you are looking for ideas to save electricity at home, have a look at this YouTube video where we show some useful tips to reduce electricity usage at home and decrease the electricity bill. 

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