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Tumble dryer power consumption and electricity cost

How much electricity does a dryer use may vary considerable depending on the efficiency and age of the appliance.

Newer and more efficient models most probably are going to be more economic. Still, if you have a tumble dryer at home or if you are considering to buy one, it is worth to spend a little time and find out the electricity usage and the electricity cost.

How much power and electricity does a tumble dryer use

A tumble dryer uses between 1800 and 5000 Watts of power.

The electricity usage, or the power consumption, should be clearly displayed or easily at the appliance itself of easily accessible online.

tumble dryer power consumption

Still, this is not always the case. 

If the electricity consumption is low, the power consumption details are easy to find. 

And the opposite, is the electricity consumption is higher that other similar tumble dryers, the power consumption details may be a bit hidden.

As shown on the picture above, the specification describe that this tumble dryer consumes 243 Kilowatt hours (kWh) per year. 

As we are paying to our electricity provider 0,217 euro per every kWh we consume, that means that it would add an additional 52 euro per year to our electricity bill.

243 kWh x 0,217 euro per kWh = 52,73 euro

How to calculate power from voltage and current

If you only know the voltage and current of your 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.

Tumble dryer electricity cost calculator

We have chosen a random tumble dryer and made a simple search for its ‘datasheet’. Out of the results, we have been able to find its power consumption both at Amazon and at the manufacturer’s website.

Tumble dryer datasheet

Once we know the yearly power consumption, the calculator below can be used to estimate the power and cost consumption of a tumble dryer.

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 a dryer has a yearly power consumption of 243 kWh

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

You will be paying around 53 euro (or dollars, or pounds, or…) per year in electricity costs.

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:

Tumble dryer electricity usage monitor

If you want to know the exact electricity usage of a tumble 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.

plug in power meter

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.

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 to this YouTube video.

Plug in power meter

How to lower the electricity bill of a tumble dryer

If you think that your tumble dryer uses too much electricity, here there are some tips that should help you decrease the electricity usage and the electricity cost:

1.- Use tumble dryer balls

The tumble dryer balls accelerate the drying process because the laundry balls prevent the laundry from sticking together so the warm air can circulate more easily.

By adding dryer balls to the load, it may be possible to reduce the drying time and the electricity cost up to 20%. 

Tumble dryer balls are an eco-friendly alternative to dryer sheets and liquid fabric softener and they come in two variants, wool and rubber.

tumble dryer balls

2.- Place the dryer on a well ventilated room

Having the tumble dryer on a damp room will lead to higher condensation and an increase drying time. If possible, place your tumble dryer on a warm and well ventilated room.

3.- Keep the tumble dryer filters clean

It is recommended to clean the filter after every use, otherwise the tumble dryer will have to work harder and that will increase the electricity usage.

Tumble dryer electricity usage FAQ

Does a dryer use a lot electricity

The electricity usage will depend on the efficiency of the dryer.

In general, a tumble dryer is one of those home appliances that use a lot of electricity. For more details, see the video ‘Proven ways to save electricity’ that it is at the bottom of this page.

How much electricity does a dryer use per load

You can use the calculator from the ‘Electricity cost calculator’ to estimate how much electricity does a dryer use per day.

On the calculator we are assuming that the dryer is used an average of once a day. This is, the daily electricity cost correspond to the cost per load.

Still, note that this is only an estimation and the electricity usage may vary depending on some factors like adequate maintenance, the correct usage of the tumble dryer or the cycle settings.

How much electricity does a dryer use per month

You can use the calculator from the ‘Electricity cost calculator’ section to estimate how much electricity does a dryer use per month.

Still, note that this is only an estimation and the electricity usage may vary depending on some factors like adequate maintenance, the correct usage of the tumble dryer or the cycle settings.

How many watts does a clothes dryer use

How many watts does a clothes dryer use will depend on the model.

As shown on the picture at the top of this page, this specific tumble dyer model uses 1.97 kWh for a full load using the standard cotton programme.

Of course, the power consumption will vary depending on the programme setting.

If you want to know the power consumption of your dryer, just search on the internet for the ‘technical specifications’ of your specific model.

Electricity measurement units

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.

What is a Kilowatt hour (kWh)

Electricity measurement units calculators

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)

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

Tumble dryers 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 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.

Energy conservation calculator

If we could reduce our tumble dryers usage, 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 tumble 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.

Have a look to this page for more information about the amount 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 to this YouTube video were we show some useful tips to reduce the electricity usage at home and decrease the electricity bill. 

How to save electricity at home
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