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Cost of running a tumble dryer

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Written by Domestic & General

Living in a country notorious for rain and unreliable weather, hanging the laundry out in the sunshine is not an option. That’s why for many households a tumble dryer is the appliance that says ‘I’ve made it.’

Useful, practical and convenient, people with tumble dryers will never know the frustration of waiting days sometimes for your favourite pair of jeans to properly dry, only to try them on and realise they dried a bit damp.

But for all the warmth – literally and figuratively – a tumble dryer brings to a home, the potential cost of running one regularly might dampen the spirits somewhat. Just how much does it cost to run a tumble dryer and how can you keep costs down? Read on to find out…

How much does it cost to run a tumble dryer?

According to the Energy Saving Trust, the average tumble dryer uses roughly 4.5 kWh per cycle. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) estimated that in 2020, the average cost for electricity in the UK was 17.2p per kWh.

Therefore, working on averages, a tumble dryer could cost you:

  • 4p per cycle
  • £40.24 per year, if you use your tumble dryer once per week

However, many experts agree that there are too many variants to say for sure how much a tumble dryer will cost to run. Variables like how often you use it, whereabouts you keep it in your home, the sort of clothes and load sizes you’re drying will have an impact on the energy costs.

Tips to keep your dryer costs down

Shop for a more efficient model

All dryers come with energy ratings – they start with ‘A‘ and go all the way down to ‘G.‘ An ‘A’ rating is given to those that are the most energy efficient, and a ‘G’ rating for the least. On average, the higher the Energy Rating of your dryer, the cheaper it’ll be to run.

Dry larger loads instead of individual items

First things first – overloading your dryer isn’t the solution here. A stuffed dryer is prone to breaking or running into issues and could end up needing more frequent repairs. However, in terms of keeping your bills at their most efficient, tumble drying a couple of t-shirts or a pair of socks isn’t the shrewdest move.

You might want toasty feet on a cold morning but there are other ways to keep your home winter ready instead of running the tumble dryer for no reason.

Keep your dryer in a warm room

Many people might not realise that the placement of your tumble dryer can actually impact its efficiency. When you place your dryer in a warm location in your home, it’ll require less energy to warm the air up to the necessary temperatures, therefore cutting your energy costs down.

Wash similar materials together

Washing and drying clothes of a similar material could impact on the total energy output because clothes have different drying times depending on the material. By placing materials that dry at the same time together, you can run shorter cycles and avoid damper clothes spoiling your fast-drying items.

Get it regularly serviced

A properly installed and well maintained dryer – like any appliance – will always be the most efficient, as you can identify faults and issues before they become a bigger issue.

Tell us about your tumble dryer to see if you can get protection, maintenance and support for your appliance today.