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Which Clothes Dryer Is More Efficient–Gas or Electric?

gas-vs-electric-clothes-dryer-efficiency

Gas dryers cost more upfront–but they save you money in the long run.

Gas dryers can finish drying three loads of laundry in the time it takes an electric dryer to dry one. The reason for this is that gas heated dryers have a higher heat setting, making it possible for it to dry clothes in about one-third the amount of time as compared to electrically heated dryers.

Gas Dryers

Gas heated dryers use gas burners to supply the heat needed to dry clothes. Initially, buying a gas heated dryer will cost you more than what it would cost you to purchase an electrical dryer. However, because gas dryers are more energy efficient that electric dryers, it costs less to maintain a gas heated dryer.

Statistics show that for the same amount of time, gas dryers can finish drying three loads of laundry in the time it takes an electric dryer to dry one. The reason for this is that gas heated dryers have a higher heat setting, making it possible for it to dry clothes in about one-third the amount of time as compared to electrically heated dryers. This means that you will also spend less on electricity when you use a gas heated dryer.

In general, appliances that utilize gas energy are more efficient than electric energy. Gas heated appliances heat up faster and at higher temperatures at that, thus making them time and cost efficient. The efficiency of clothes dryers is measured in pounds per kilowatt-hour or what is known as Energy Factor. The minimum Energy Factor a gas heated dryer should have is 2.67 EF.

Electric Clothes Dryers

Electric heated clothes dryers use heating coils to provide heat to dry the clothes. Like gas-heated dryers, the efficiency of electric heated dryers is measured in Energy Factor as well and must have a minimum EF of 3.01. Electric clothes dryers cost around $50 less than gas dryers. But because electric dryers do not heat up as fast as gas dryers, it takes longer to dry the clothes, therefore causing you to spend more on electricity in the long run.

 

Resources

Natural Resources Canada
“Natural Gas Clothes Dryers (Residential)
“http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/equipment/appliance/12902

California Energy Efficiency and Conservation”
Flex Your Power”
http://www.fypower.org/res/tools/products_results.html?id=100144

Citizens Gas | Your Public Charitable Trust”
Natural Gas Benefits”
http://www.citizensgas.com/GBenefits.aspx

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