# Does it take more energy to run your refrigerator or your washer and dryer combination?

• Asked By lang
• Asked on April 19, 2010

That depends on how you want to look at it.  If you are considering that you need to run your refridgerator 24hrs a day every day to keep your food fresh, but may only need to do one or two loads of laundry a week, the refridgerator would be the more costly appliance in terms of energy.

A typical refridgerator consumes about 725 watts, while a washer takes between 350-500 watts and a dryer can consume between 1800-5000 watts.

To run your fridge for a week it would take

725watts x 24hrs x 7days = 121.8 kWh (kilowatt hours)

say you have the most inefficient washer and dryer set and do two loads a week.

washer = 500 watts x .6h X 2 = 600Watt hours

dryer = 5000 watts x 1h x2 = 10kWh

Total = 10.6kWh

Therefore your fridge will consume approximately 111.2kWh more than two loads of laundry a week.

For more information on household appliance energy use see this website.

http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/appliances/index.cfm/mytopic=10040