Clothes irons are an indispensable device that we all have to use, even for only a few hours per week.
It is good to know the electricity usage and cost to ensure there are no surprises once we receive the electricity bill.
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To determine the electricity usage of a clothes iron, first, you must 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.
Alternatively, if you are considering buying a new iron, that wattage can be found online by browser search. Just browse for the iron model followed by ‘wattage’ or ‘ power consumption.
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
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.
Once you know the power consumption, the calculator below can estimate an iron’s power consumption and electricity cost over a while.
You need to adjust the values in the PARAMETERS section to your requirements, and the calculator will automatically display the RESULTS section.
> 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.
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 you don’t have access to your contract or electricity bills, this website shows the electricity cost per country.
A few other examples from our ‘Electricity usage and electricity cost calculators‘ page that may be of your interest:
Suppose you want to know the exact electricity usage of a clothes iron. In that case, 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.
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 time.
If you want to find out how to use a plug-in power meter to measure your electricity usage and electricity cost, look at this YouTube video.
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 do your laundry has a direct effect.
An overload washing machine or a powerful spin cycle will increase the number of creases and make the ironing inefficient.
2.- Hang your clothes after washing them
Again, hanging your clothes will decrease the number of creases, saving 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
Some clothes require less temperature and others require more temperature to press correctly.
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. If you want to know more, 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.
5.- Keep your clothes iron clean
If the metal plate in contact with your clothes is dirty, it will 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.
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.
Not everybody is familiar with terms like Watts, Kilowatts, or Kilowatt hours, so if you would like to learn more about them, look at this YouTube video we have prepared about this topic.
Or you can have a look at these 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)
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 help you because you will be paying less for your energy bills.
And it also benefits the environment because conserving electricity prevents unnecessary waste of natural resources.
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 save a little every time, it will make an essential contribution towards conserving our natural resources.
If we could reduce the electricity usage of our clothes irons, even a minimal amount, it would significantly impact preserving our natural resources.
For example, if 9000 households 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 save 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.
In any case small energy savings do really count when looking into the bigger picture.
If you are looking for ideas to save electricity at home, watch this YouTube video where we show some useful tips to reduce electricity usage at home 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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