# Gas vs Electric Dryer Calculator

This gas vs. electric dryer calculator will help you estimate and compare the **costs of operating a gas or an electric dryer**. The operating cost of these appliances depends on various parameters like the type of dryer, its energy rating, the number of drying loads per, electricity cost (see Electricity cost - single usage), and gas prices.

Find out more in the article below on how to calculate drying costs, or you can begin by entering some numbers into our gas vs. electric dryer calculator.

## Gas dryer vs electric dryer

First, let's look at how these two types of dryers operate. A clothes dryer works by **circulating hot air to remove excess moisture** from the clothes. First, the dryer draws air at room temperature and heats it. Second, the clothes are then exposed to the hot air in the drum during the tumbling operation. Then, the hot air absorbs the moisture and flows out via vents.

Therefore, the energy requirement is for two processes:

- Heat generation and air circulation; and
- Tumbling process.

Tumbling and air circulation processes can only be powered using electricity; however, you can **use either an electric or a natural gas source for heating air**. Depending on the heat source, the dryer can be classified as an electric or a gas dryer. Some modern innovations in these devices include waste heat recovery, ultrasonic drying, and variations in air circulating patterns.

## Operating cost — Electric vs gas dryer

The operating cost for a dryer depends on the following factors:

**Wattage**— The electric dryers can be 2000 to 6000 W, i.e., it would consume 2 to 6 kWh of energy.**BTU or gas rating**— Typical gas dryers are rated between 16,000 to 22,000 BTU/h of natural gas. It is convertible to the volume of LP (liquefied petroleum) gas.**Time of drying cycle**— Time taken to dry a load of clothes altogether.**Electricity and gas prices**— Unit cost of electricity (cf. electricity cost calculator) and gas.**Frequency**of drying loads — Number of loads per week.

The equation gives the cost per loading cycle for an electric dryer:

Similarly, the **cost of running a gas dryer** for a load cycle considers both gas consumption and electricity consumption to heat and rotate the drum, respectively.

The cost per loading cycle for a gas dryer is:

where:

- Wattage is in
`watts`

; and - Electricity cost is in
`$/kWh`

.

## Using the gas vs electric dryer calculator

Let's calculate the cost of running gas and electric dryers if the load takes 30 minutes to complete a cycle and the number of loads per week is 3.

To calculate the running costs:

- Enter the
**time taken to complete a drying cycle**as`30`

minutes. - Fill in the
**frequency of loads**as`3`

per week. - Insert the
**wattage**for an electric dryer. Let's use a`3`

kW dryer in the example. - The calculator will return the
**electricity consumption per load**as`1.5`

kWh per load. - Enter the
**cost of electricity**per kWh as`$0.12`

. - The drying
**cost per week**for the electric dryer is`$0.54`

which translates to`$28.08`

annually. - Insert the
**wattage**value for the gas dryer as`1.5`

kW. - The calculator will return the
**electricity consumption per load**as`0.75`

kWh per load. - Fill in the
**gas/BTU rating**for the dryer as`22000`

BTU per hour. - The calculator returns the value of
**gas consumption per load**as`11000`

BTU/h. - Enter the
**cost of natural gas per therm**as`$1`

. - The natural gas vs. electric dryer calculator would return the
**cost of using a gas dryer**as`$0.6`

per week and`$31.20`

annually.

You can now compare the cost of both types of appliances to make the right choice for you. If you are interested in calculating electricity consumption for other machines, you can try our appliance wattage calculator.

## FAQ

### How do I calculate operating cost for electric dryer?

To calculate the operating cost of an electric dryer:

- Find the
**wattage**of your dryer. **Multiply**the**wattage (W)**by the**time for one load cycle**.**Divide**the product by`1000`

to obtain the consumption in kilowatt-hours (**kWh**).**Multiply**the resultant by**cost of electricity per kWh**to obtain the operating cost of the electric dryer per load cycle.

### How do I calculate operating cost for gas dryer?

To calculate the operating cost of a gas dryer:

- Find the
**wattage**of your dryer. **Multiply**the**wattage (W)**by the**time for one load cycle**.**Divide**the product by`1000`

to obtain the consumption in kilowatt-hours (**kWh**).**Multiply**the resultant by**cost of electricity per kWh**to obtain the operating**electric cost**of the gas dryer per load cycle.**Multiply**the**gas or BTU rating**by the**time for one load cycle**.**Multiply**the resultant by**cost of natural gas per therm**to get the**operating gas cost**.**Add**the operating**electric cost**and operating**gas cost**to obtain the total**running cost for the gas dryer**.

### Are gas dryers cheaper than electric dryer?

The gas dryers consume **less electricity** than an electric dryer as it uses natural gas as fuel to raise the temperature of circulating air. The operating cost of the gas dryers can be cheaper than electric dryers in regions having lower gas prices. However, the gas dryers are required to have **extra safety measures** and, therefore, are more complicated to install and operate.

### How do I calculate annual cost for electric dryer?

To calculate the annual operating cost for an electric dryer:

- Find the
**wattage**of your dryer. **Multiply**the**wattage (in watts)**by the**time for one load cycle**.**Divide**the product by`1000`

to obtain the consumption in kilowatt-hours (**kWh**).**Multiply**the resultant by**cost of electricity per kWh**to obtain the operating cost of the electric dryer per load cycle.**Multiply**the**cost per cycle**to the**number of loads per week**.**Multiply**the**weekly cost**by`52`

to obtain the annual cost for operating an electric dryer.