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May 30, 2024Getting straight to the point, it costs approximately **£0.60** to run **a tumble dryer** for one hour. This depends on how much you pay for your energy and the wattage of your tumble dryer however, so this is just an estimate.

To get a more accurate cost of how much it costs to run your tumble dryer for different lengths of time, you can use our simple calculator below**.**

## Energy usage calculator for your tumble dryer

To find how much electricity your tumble dryer uses, you will need to know its power consumption and the unit price you pay for your electricity.

We have prefilled the power consumption with the average for a tumble dryer and have used the current unit price based on the **July 2024** price cap. This will give you a quick idea of the cost, but you should use your details for more accurate figures.

You then need to enter your hourly usage time daily, and we’ll show you the cost per day, month, and year to run your tumble dryer.

## How to use our calculator?

Here are some quick steps on how to use our calculator:

#### Identify the power usage of your tumble dryer

First, find out your tumble dryer’s power usage. The appliance label or user manual usually indicates this in watts (W). If you can’t find it, you can look up the** average wattage for a tumble dryer, which is 2500.**

#### Work out how often you use your tumble dryer

Next, estimate how often you use thetumble dryer. Record the number of hours per day or the total time per week you use it. This will help determine the overall energy consumption.

#### How much your electricity costs

Check your electricity bill or contact your energy provider for the cost per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for your electricity. You’ll use this rate to calculate the cost of running your tumble dryer.

#### We’ll tell you how much it costs to run your appliance

Enter the power usage, usage duration, and electricity cost into the calculator. The calculator will process this information and provide you with an estimate of how much it costs to run your tumble dryer. You can see these costs per day, per month and per year.

## How to calculate the energy cost of your tumble dryer manually

To manually work out the cost of your tumble dryer (or any appliance), you need to do the following:

**Convert the power rating to kilowatts (kW)**: Power (kW) = Wattage (W) / 1000**Calculate the energy consumed (in kWh)**: Energy (kWh) = Power (kW) × Time (hours)**Calculate the cost**: Cost (£)= Energy (kWh) × Cost per kWh (£/kWh)

You first need to divide the wattage of the appliance by 1,000. This converts the wattage to Kilowatts.

Next, calculate the energy consumed in Kilowatt hours (kWh) by multiplying the Kilowatts by the number of hours of usage.

Finally, multiply the kWh by the unit price of electricity.

**An example for a tumble dryer would be: 2.5 kW x 5 hours x 0.24p = £3.00. **

This would be the cost to run the tumble dryer for five hours when the unit price of electricity is 24p.

## How many watts does a tumble dryer use?

Based on data from sources like Energy Saving Trust and National Energy Action, we’ve found that the wattage for the average tumble dryer is: **2500 watts**.

## Factors that impact the running costs of a tumble dryer

The energy running costs of using a tumble dryer can be influenced by several factors.

The type of tumble dryer you have plays a significant role. Heat pump dryers are generally more energy-efficient compared to vented or condenser models.

The load size also affects energy consumption. Drying smaller loads more frequently can use more energy than drying larger loads less often.

The settings you choose matter as well. Using lower heat settings and shorter drying cycles can help reduce energy usage.

Regular maintenance is important. Cleaning the lint filter and ensuring proper ventilation can improve efficiency and lower costs.

Finally, the age of the appliance can impact energy consumption. Older models tend to be less efficient than newer ones.

## How to save money on running your tumble dryer

You can save money on energy usage when running a tumble dryer by ensuring the lint filter is cleaned after every use. A clean filter allows the dryer to operate more efficiently, reducing the amount of energy needed to dry clothes.

Another way to cut down on energy costs is to use the tumble dryer during off-peak hours when electricity rates are lower. This can make a significant difference in your energy bill over time.

Additionally, consider using dryer balls or clean tennis balls in the drum. These help to separate clothes, allowing hot air to circulate more effectively and reducing drying time.

It’s also beneficial to avoid overloading the tumble dryer. Overloading can cause the machine to work harder and use more energy, so drying smaller loads can be more cost-effective.

Lastly, if your tumble dryer has a moisture sensor, use it. The sensor can detect when clothes are dry and automatically stop the cycle, preventing unnecessary energy consumption.

## Average runnings costs by different time periods

Time | Usage (kWh) | Cost (£) |
---|---|---|

Per Day (4 hours per day) | 10 | £2.40 |

Per Month (30 days per month) | 300 | £72 |

Per Year (365 days per year) | 3650 | £876 |

## Frequently Asked Questions

Below, we have answered a few questions related to tumble dryer energy usage.

### Does a tumble dryer use a lot of electricity?

A tumble dryer does use a lot of electricity.

It is one of the most energy-intensive appliances in a home.

Using it frequently can lead to higher electricity bills.

### Are tumble dryers energy efficient?

To know if a tumble dryer is energy efficient, you need to look at its features and technology.

Modern tumble dryers with heat pump technology are usually more energy efficient. They use less electricity because they recycle hot air.

Older models or those without heat pump technology tend to use more energy. They can be more expensive to run.

Using a tumble dryer with a sensor that stops the machine when clothes are dry can also save energy. This prevents over-drying and reduces electricity use.

### How much energy does the average tumble dryer use?

Again, based on available data from sources like Energy Saving Trust and National Energy Action, we’ve found that the average tumble dryer uses approximately 2.5 kWh energy when switched on for one hour.

### How much does it cost to run a tumble dryer for 1 hour?

Based on the average wattage of a tumble dryer being 2500, we can work out that the average tumble dryer costs **£0.60 to run for one hour**.

We have used the current electric unit price 24p from the July 2024 to work this out.

### How much does it cost to run a tumble dryer per day?

Using the current average electric unit price of 24p from the July 2024 price cap and the average wattage of a tumble dryer’s being 2500, we can work out that the average tumble dryer costs **£2.40 to run for one day**.

We’ve assumed it will be used for 4 hours per day.

### How much does it cost to run a tumble dryer per year?

The average wattage of a tumble dryer is 2500 and the current average unit price of electricity based on the July 2024 is 24p. Using this, we can work out that the average tumble dryer costs **£876 to run per year**.

We’ve assumed it will be used for 365 days per year.