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If you’re like most households, the rule is that whoever does the laundry keeps the spare change sometimes found in the pockets of dirty clothes.
But what if we told you that your laundry can produce significant cost savings on your energy bill every time you dry a load? It’s possible with a propane clothes dryer.
Propane clothes dryers can save over 20 percent in energy costs compared with electric dryers. The efficiency and cost benefits are created by the propane dryer’s higher heating capacity, shorter cycle times, and features like pilotless ignition.
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- Available capacities range from 18,000 Btu/h up to 30,000 Btu/h, which translates into faster drying times. Electric dryers have heating output levels at the low end of this range.
- Moisture sensors prevent over-drying of the clothes, which saves additional energy.
- The average cost to operate is roughly $40-$80/year. This range will vary based on local propane rates, how often the dryer is used, and how well it is maintained.
- The lower-cost 110V circuit for a propane dryer can also supply the clothes washer with power, and you avoid the cost of installing a 220V circuit for a standard-size electric dryer.
In fact, the propane clothes dryer, the clothes washer, and a propane tankless water heater form a “laundry room technology trio” to optimize convenience, efficiency, and performance.
If you already have electricity, the switch is easy. Both electric and propane clothes dryers use a single vent to exhaust to outdoors, which simplifies electric-to-propane replacements.