Why do dryers use so much energy?



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    All dryers and electronic appliances run using kilowatts.

    According to the US Department of Energy:

    What’s a kilowatt?

    When you use electricity to cook a pot of rice for 1 hour, you use 1000 watt-hours of electricity! One thousand watt-hours equals 1 kilowatt-hour, or 1 kWh. Your utility bill usually shows what you are charged for the kilowatt-hours you use. The average residential rate is 9.4 cents per kWh. A typical U.S. household consumes about 11,000 kWh per year, costing an average of $1,034 annually.


         So, a dryer uses approximately 900 kilowatts per year, which probably costs around $80 oer year to run. A dryer uses lots of energy because the clothes must go from soaking wet to dry. Most Americans run their dryer so that their clothes are bone dry, thus increasing the time and electricity needed for the clothes to get completely dry.

         In order to decrease the amount of energy put out by your dryer, here are some suggestions.

    -Instead of using the dryer, consider line or air-drying your clothes.

    -if your clothes are just a little damp, they can be removed from the dryer to be hung up to finish drying.

    -purchase Energy Star appliances!

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