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Each Year
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dishwasher energy saving tips Dishwashers
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30kWh -
£4.62 -

11.01kg -

Run the machine full and less often

boil less water in kettle energy saving tips Boiling Water
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82kWh -
£12.628 -

30.09kg -

Boil only what you need. Savings depend on how much tea you drink!

fridge freezer energy saving tips Fridge Freezers
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50kWh -
£7.7 -

18.35kg -

Fridge maintenance. Savings depend on size, age and rating

dmoney saving tips tumble drying Tumble Dryers
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90kWh -
£13.86 -

33.03kg -

Operate Less often, clean filters, part dry clothes?

differnce in cost of shallow or deep bath Baths
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700kWh -
£30.1 -

147kg -

Have shallower baths and consider how you heat water

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0kWh -
£0 -

0 -

save money and have a beerSwitch! This is the single simplest way of saving money. This is equivalent to 100 pints of beer!

shower or power shower which is cheaper Shower of Power Shower
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120kWh -
£18.48 -

25.2kg -

Aviod immersion heated power showers

save money and energy with good loft insulation Install Loft Insulation
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3000kWh -
£129 -

630kg -

Modern loft insulation in a 3 bed semi - these numbers are for Gas, savings are greater for other fuels

save money and energy with good loft insulation Improve Loft Insulation
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1000kWh -
£43 -

210kg -

Modern loft insulation in a 3 bed semi - these numbers are for Gas, savings are greater for other fuels

This table is under construction there are more tips here.

Measures to reduce fuel bills: ROI* is the time it takes in years to return the investment in fuel savings for an average gas heated 3 bed semi-detached house.
Measure ROI*
hot water tank insulation save energy save money Lagging 1 Year
loft insulation energy saving Loft Insulation 2 Years
cavity wall insulation energy saving Cavity Wall Insulation 2.3 Years
underfloor insulation energy saving Underfloor Insulation 4.4 Years
solid wall insulation energy saving Solid Wall Insulation 15.8 Years
double glazing energy saving Double Glazing 58.1 Years
Renewable Energy Measures ROI** is the time it takes in years to return the investment in energy. The table assumes no government incentive schemes are used (FIT or RHI).
Measure ROI**
solar hot water energy saving costs Solar Hot Water 11 to 62 Years
ground source heat pump investment costs Heat Pumps 4 to 81 Years
domestic wind power costs Wind Power 16 to 32 Years
solar PV costs and investment Solar Photovoltaics 13 ± 3 Years

Tumble Dryers

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 March 2017 08:55

washer dryer running costs

How Much does it cost to run your Tumble Dryer?

Drying your clothes in a tumble dryer can be expensive as they consume large amounts of energy. The EU energy label for tumble dryers is calculated using the cotton drying cycle with a maximum load. Products are rated A – G according to the energy required per kilogramme of washing.

There are two different types of tumble dryer: a vented dryer and a condenser dryer (which needs no venting) and each has its own energy rating scale. Condenser dryers are slightly more expensive to run that vented dryers; have a look at the table, the exact numbers depend on your machines exact energy consumption and the size of load.

* A typical standard vented tumble dryer uses 2.50 kWh per cycle, based on an average load capacity of 4.75 kg of dry laundry, so the weight when you get it out of the dryer! This will cost £0.385 (0.9kg), The number in brackets is the amount of CO2 this emits.

Cheaper tumble dryers are B or C rated; there are also A rated A+ , A++ and A+++ machines available. An A rated machine would save a lot of money, take a look at the table, but they cost much more to buy so this needs to be factored into your calculation for whether it is worth the investment.

Type Single Use *
(Carbon Dioxide Emissions)
150 Uses each Year
(Carbon Dioxide Emissions)
Condenser Dryer £0.693 (1.7kg) £103.95 (247.7kg)
Vented Dryer C Rated £0.385 (0.9kg) £57.75 (137.6kg)
Vented Dryer A Rated £0.27 (0.6kg) £40.425 (96.3kg)

If you do use a tumble dryer then there are big cost savings you can make if you minimise the amount you use your machine.

Energy saving Tumble Dryer tips...

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0 # Energy Consumption (on mode)Sarah 2017-08-05 06:15
I am looking at buying a tumble dryer what's the difference between: energy consumption (cycle) 4.49 kWh/Cycle and energy consumption (on mode) 2.24 kWh.
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0 # replyrdh 2017-08-05 08:38
These are the energy consumption figures. kWh is a unit of energy. So the first mode uses twice the energy and costs double the second mode. But if you use the second mode for twice as long as the first it will cost the same.
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0 # Haet pump tumble dryersPaul 2014-01-13 16:15
One other option to mention here is a heat pump tumble dryer. Miele do several; the cheapest is £1100 which is about 40% more expensive then their standard model. It is A rated. Miele gear is expected to last twenty years so the total cost of ownership is pretty good compared to the usual white goods obsolescence and collapse about 4-5 years.
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0 # biomassjohn 2013-01-21 19:59
I have a biomass (woodchip) boiler. I'd like to find a tumble dryer that uses hot water as its heat source. Do you know of such a thing?
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0 # Tumble driers - hot-water poweredSimon Morgan 2013-12-02 09:01
I think it is extremely unlikely that you will find a hot water powered tumble drier. They may exist in an industrial scale (commercial laundries) but the added cost and complication of installation on a domestic scale makes it improbable.

If you have access to cheap hot water then a drying room (aka utility room) would be your best bet with a hot water radiator. To improve the efficiency a circulating or extractor fan may improve the economics - I haven't done the calculations but drying clothes is all about relative humidity in the drying zone and I surmise not an easy calculation to do!

If you were a practical type I think it would be possible to build your own by removing the electrical heating element and passing air over a radiator.

My limited understanding of electric tumble driers is that they are relatively efficient provided you duct the moist air away from the drier.

Of course the most efficient means of drying clothes is to use solar power - hang them on a washing line. You may have to wait a long time in winter :(

As your post was a while ago I would be interested to learn whether you had any success.
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0 # gas tumble dryersRichard 2010-04-04 19:44
You are right we do not mention them, sorry. But they must cost at least half as much and possibly 70% less than electric, since the primary fuel (Gas) is so much less expensive. I am assuming the conversion of gas to heat is very efficient. They would also produce less carbon dioxide than electric since grid electricity is 80% fossil fuel power.
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0 # gas tumble dryersM Clarke 2010-03-28 17:26
You don't mention gas tumble dryers. Or are these the A rated ones you refer to? I know Gas dryers are more expensive to buy but they are cheaper to run. Our first one lasted about 12years with only one replacement part in all that time. Could you run a comparison with gas as opposed to electric tumble dryers?
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