Gas dryers are a popular choice for many homeowners due to their efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Gas dryers do, however, use electricity to power certain components, and you may be concerned about how much electricity a gas dryer actually uses.
In this article, we will examine the electricity usage of gas dryers in relation to their different capacities. By the end of this article, you’ll have a better understanding of the electricity usage of gas dryers and how to calculate the electricity costs of using your gas dryer.
On average, a gas dryer uses 1.2 kW of electricity per hour, 1.3k W per load, 31 kW per month and 373 kW of electricity per year.
Why Gas Dryers Require Electricity
Gas dryers use gas as their primary fuel source for heating the air that is used to dry clothes. But, they still require electricity to power various components such as the control panel, the drum motor, and the blower.
The electricity is used to regulate the temperature and moisture levels inside the dryer, as well as to power the timers and sensors that control the drying cycle. Without electricity, a gas dryer would not be able to function properly.
The following components require electricity in order for a gas dryer to function:
- Control panel: This is where you set the dryer’s temperature, timer, and other settings. It typically has an LED display and a series of buttons or dials to input your selections.
- Motor: The motor powers the drum that tumbles the clothes as they dry.
- Igniter: A gas dryer uses an electric igniter to ignite the gas that heats the air in the drum.
- Thermostat: The thermostat monitors the temperature inside the dryer and turns the gas on and off to maintain the desired temperature.
- Lint filter indicator light: Some dryers have a light that alerts you when the lint filter needs to be cleaned.
- Automatic shut-off: Many dryers have an automatic shut-off feature that turns off the dryer when the clothes are dry. This helps to save energy and prevent over-drying.
Gas Dryer Sizes
Gas dryers are available in a range of sizes to suit different needs and spaces. The three most common categorical options are compact (although, in comparison to compact electric dryers, I would call these semi-compact), standard, and mega capacity or extra large.
Compact electric dryers are typically around 24″ wide and have a capacity of around 3.5-4 cu.ft.
However, gas dryers are not available in these sizes. Most manufacturers don’t make gas dryers smaller than 6 cu.ft. Even gas dryers between 6 and 7 cu.ft are rare and are sold by only a few brands. This is why I feel it is less misleading to call them semi-compact.
Standard gas dryers are usually around 27-29″ wide and have a capacity of around 7-8 cu.ft. These are the most common size and are suitable for most homes. They are a good choice for most families or anyone needing to dry moderate to large loads of laundry.
Mega-capacity gas dryers are typically around 30″ wide and have a capacity of around 9 cu.ft or more. They are ideal for very large families, people who run guest houses or B&Bs, or for other commercial uses.
When it comes to the power requirements of gas dryers and how much electricity each uses, they all pull a very similar wattage, regardless of their size.
Power Rating of Gas Dryers
The average power rating for various capacities of gas dryers made by Samsung, LG, GE, Whirlpool, Miele, Maytag, Electrolux, Kenmore, and Speedqueen are shown below.
Their wattages (W) were calculated by multiplying their amperage rating by their voltage rating (120 V for all gas dryers).
You may notice that some wattages are higher. This is because certain capacities of dryers are only offered by one or two brands, and these models tend to have a higher power rating than most other gas dryers.
|Gas dryer capacity (cu. ft.)||Average power rating (W)||Average power rating (kW)|
The average power rating of gas dryers is about 1000 W, or 1 kW. We notice that they all pull a similar amount of power, independent of capacity.
This actually makes sense. The gas is heating the air, the amount of which is what varies the most between the different sizes. The control panel, igniter, etc., are pretty standard.
So, because their electricity requirements are the same across all capacities, you would expect their power requirements to be similar.
After comparing the power ratings of the dryers, we then calculated their electricity usage.
Electricity usage is usually measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh).
To calculate the electricity usage, we used the following formula:
Electricity usage (kWh) = Power (W) x Time (1 h) / 1000.
On average, a gas dryer takes approximately 68 minutes to dry a load, no matter the capacity.
The shortest time is the 6.2 cu.ft. dryers at 66 minutes, and the longest is the 7.6 cu.ft. dryers at 74 minutes.
We also examined the electricity usage per load, month, and year. Electricity usage per load was determined using the following equation:
kWh ÷ 60 minutes × Cycle time.
On average, American consumers use their dryers 283 times per year. By multiplying the dryer’s electricity usage per load by 283, we can determine the amount of electricity it uses annually. Likewise, we can get a similar estimate for monthly usage.
|Gas dryer capacity (cu. ft.)||Average power rating (kW)||Hourly electricity usage (kW)||Electricity usage per load (kW)||Electricity usage per month (kW)||Electricity usage per year (kW)|
As you can see, a gas dryer uses, on average, 1.3 kWh of electricity per load and can use anything from 224 kWh to 628 kWh per year.
Cost of Running a Gas Dryer
Now that we have determined the electricity usage of a gas dryer, we can calculate the cost of running it.
Based on data from the US Energy Information Administration, the average residential cost of electricity is $0.16 per kWh.
This average can be used to calculate the cost of using an electric dryer per hour, load, month, and year.
|Gas dryer capacity (cu. ft.)||Cost per hour ($)||Cost per load ($)||Cost per month ($)||Cost per year ($)|
Looking at the information above, a gas dryer’s electricity costs will be anywhere between $3 and $8 per month.
However, it is difficult to accurately estimate the cost of using a gas dryer in terms of electricity, as this will depend on a few other factors. To determine the total cost of using a gas dryer, you need to consider other factors.
You’ll need to look at gas usage. The amount of gas a dryer uses will depend on its size, efficiency, and the load size. You’ll also need to look at the gas price. The cost of gas can vary significantly depending on your location and the supplier.
But for now, you can rest assured your gas dryer will not significantly increase your electricity bill.