# Electric Clothes Dryer – Big Energy Draw

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Real Estate Agent with AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.

I will admit, I love my clothes line!  There it is public knowledge now and I have no problems with it.  I have a clothes line in my back yard and have had one for about five years.  I am actually on my third umbrella type clothes line and finally invested in one that has been wonderful and stood up to the tests.

I remember being asked one day by a friend why I used a clothes line.  First, I love the smell of the blankets and sheets after they have hung outside to dry.  And for the other clothes, I still love the freshness.  But second, it was always contradictory to me to be trying to cool a home with air conditioning and heating it up using a dryer (or a stove or oven for that matter).  So it made complete sense to the engineer side of me to begin using a clothes line and save the wear and tear on the air conditioning system and save some money on the electric bill.  I remember the first month using a clothes line my electric bill dropped \$30 in the middle of summer!!

So, today as I was hanging out clothes, I decided to do some calculation and find out what it costs to dry a load of clothes in a clothes dryer.  At Energy.gov there is an explanation on how to calculate out the energy usage of appliances.  Also some energy companies provide an online calculator for energy usage.

I found my dryer pulled 30 Amperres of energy on a 240 V circuit.  (I googled the brand and model and found the specifications online.)  I also visited the website for Black River Electric Cooperative in Sumter and looked at my bills and did some calculations and found it is approximately \$.11 per kWH of electricity.

From that I calculated:

(30A X 240V) X \$.11 X time in hours for a load = cost per load

My dryer worked out to \$.79 per load.

So let’s say I dry six load a week four weeks a month, that works out to be \$18.96 per month.  That is for the dryer only, it doesn’t include the impact of heating the house up and cooling it back down!

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Kim Peasley-Parker

Realtor (R) /Shareholder

AgentOwned Realty Company

Heritage Group, Inc.

Cell 803-840-7519

Email: kim@agentownedrealty.com

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Gita Bantwal
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Thank you for the information. I use an electric clothes dryer . Maybe I should use a clothesline.

Sep 28, 2013 11:05 PM #1
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I LOVE my clothes line! I don't use it for everything - just blankets and sheets because I love the smell. Now that you've done the math for me, I love it even more!

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