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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.

On this page you will find out:

How much electricity does a tumble dryer use

> Tumble dryer electricity cost calculator

Electricity measurement units: Watt, Kilowatt or Kilowatt hour

> How to lower the electricity bill

> What is energy conservation and how does it benefit you and the environment

Alternatively, you may want to fast forward to the tumble dryer electricity cost calculator.

How much electricity does a dryer use

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

Tumble dryer electricity usage

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.

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 tumble dryer:

> Has a yearly power consumption of 243 kWh

> 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.

Still, 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 electricity consumption. 

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.

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.

A plug in power meter displaying the power usage of a device

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

Fridge electricity usage calculator icon
Refrigerator
Freezer electricity usage calculator icon
Freezer
Dishwasher electricity and water usage calculator icon
Dishwasher
Coffee machine electricity usage calculator icon
Coffee machine

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)

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
Kilowatt (kW)
Kilowatt
Kilowatt hour (kWh)
Kilowatt hour
Power, voltage, current
Power, Voltage, Current

How to lower the electricity bill

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.

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.

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.

 

For example, if 9000 households would manage to save as little as 10 Watts per day (0,01 kWh) 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.

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. 

Two pie charts showing what home appliances and devices are using the most electricity at home.

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