Could the .06 figure be the per load difference on a strictly load to
load energy usage comparison while the .02 difference includes the
original cost of the dryers in the calculation?
The last time I checked, gas dryers were more expensive, so if you
factor in the cost difference over the life of the units, the savings
per load would be less than with just a "energy used" per load
I'm just guessing...
Are you talking about the google ad on the left hand side? If I shrink
my Internet Explorer window enough the google ad covers the left side of
the table. How wide is your screen and/or what resolution is it set to?
Note that the calculations are highly dependent on regional energy
Where I live, electricity is $.177/kWh and gas is $1.366/Therm. So, that
58.4 cents for electric
33.8 cents for gas
Now, per one of the consumer sites, a gas dryer typically costs an
extra $50. (Also installation costs may vary depending on whether you
already have gas or 220v available etc.).
So for me the payback would be about 200 loads which is probably about
year or so in our family.
In truth, when we added a new 1st floor laundry room, we put in a gas
dryer but we left the old electric dryer (and washer) still hooked up in
the basement. We now end up using both simultaneously to speeed up
During the winter, we have started venting our electric dryer inside the
basement (with a lint trap) so that we recapture the heat. The moisture
is actually beneficial since during the winter the basement humidity is
around 27%. We always vent the gas dryer outside for safety
reasons. Also, it's one thing to dump a little moisture and laundry
smell in an unfinished basement but we don't want to do that on our
finished first floor.
So, during the winter, it may be arguable more efficient to use the
electric dryer since we end up recapturing all of the heat in the
basement which presumably displaces some heating load from our furnaces.
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