Calculate Dryer’s Cost

A question that often comes about when the discussion of saving money when using your dryer is “what does it cost to run my dryer?” Since each dryer is different, you need to calculate to get how much it costs you to run your dryer, but the good news is that the calculation isn’t complicated.

In order to calculate how much it costs to run your dryer, you first need a reliable figure for the amount of power consumed by your dryer when it’s running. If you look in your dryer manual, you should be able to find this exact figure. if you just want to make a general estimate, most dryers consume about 5000 watts (5 kilowatts) of energy.

The next figure you need to know is what electricity costs in your area. The cost of electricity varies widely in the US, but a general figure would be $0.10 per kilowatt hour. To find the exact cost of your electricity, you can look on your electric bill.

The last number you need to know is how long you use the dryer per week. Since different families use the dryer different amounts, you need to figure this on your own. For the purpose of this example, we will assume 5 hours a week.

So for the above example the cost of running the dryer for a week would be 5 (kilowatts) x $0.10 (kilowatt hour price) x 5 (hours) = $2.50 per week. Since there are 52 weeks in a year, the cost to run the dryer in this example would be $130 a year.