# How much more does it cost to run an electric dryer?

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In the U.S., it

**costs**approximately 45 cents to dry a load of laundry in an**electric dryer**, based on a 5,600-watt**dryer**, 40-minute**run**-time, and a 12-cent-per- kilowatt-hour rate. A kilowatt-hour (kWh)**is**equal to the energy of 1,000 watts working for one hour.

Then, how much does it cost to run a tumble dryer for an hour?

For example, a washing machine **costs** 50p per load while **drying** clothes in the **tumble dryer costs** 35p. An electric heater and slow cooker will set you back 31p and 25p respectively an **hour** while an **hour** of ironing is 15p.

**drying**similarly sized laundry loads,

**gas**is

**cheaper**than

**electric**.

**Gas dryers run**hotter than

**electric dryers**, which reduces

**drying**time and costs over time.

Keeping this in consideration, how much does it cost to run a dryer for 30 minutes?

Appliance Electricity Usage

Appliance | Typical Consumption Per Hour | Cost Per Hour (at 10 cents per kilowatt-hour) |
---|---|---|

Clothes dryer/water heater | 4,000 watts | 40 cents |

Water pump | 3,000 watts | 30 cents |

Space heater | 1,500 watts | 15 cents |

Hair dryer | 1,200 watts | 12 cents |

At eight loads of laundry a week, the average family **uses** both the washing machine and the **dryer** six hours each on average per week. **Dryers use more electricity** of the two appliances, so you may also consider air **drying** clothes when possible to minimize your **electricity** consumption on laundry day.