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What’s more economical to run a gas or electric clothes dryer

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What is more economical to install and operate, a gas or electric clothes dryer? Assume there is a gas line to a furnace  close by and the service box is near as well.

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Anything that produces heat from electricity is expensive to run. A few years ago I had a problem with my furnace for about 2 weeks in November. We ran 2 medium sized electric heaters for a about 12 hours a day. My electric bill was about triple what my gas bill should've been.

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I've got electric-  I've used gas and like it- seems to dry faster.  However, when you ask which is more economical, I'd say you may want to look at life-cycle costs. I'm pretty sure the comments above are correct- per individual load, gas is probably cheaper.  However, the install costs for gas will likely be higher, and I think the gas dryers are also a but more expensive and you won't  have as many to pick from. Repairs on either probably aren't that often- though I have fixed both- but i'm thinking some repairs on gas may be more expensive as you'll need someone that will work with gas-  not a huge deal probably if they are common in your area.  If you've got a houseful of kids with lots of loads each week, I'm guessing the costs saving may add up and defray higher purchase price.  However, I'd also note that you can spend a lot of money on an elective dryer with bells and whistles or not much on a base unit.  My son and daughter-in-law bought a fancy one with a steam cycle and enough capacity to dry what seems like 2 loads at once.  It's what they wanted ( though i don't think they use all the options) but it probably cost as much as 2 of mine would cost. So initial costs, fuel cost, and # of load you run will all drive the life cycle costs. 

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On 1/27/2019 at 3:29 PM, Eagles Dare said:

Gas all the way!

 

gas-leak.jpeg

I'm guessing, so the others might understand, that what you posted is a house that exploded because of a gas leak?

 

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2 hours ago, sbcbmx112 said:

NG or LP? 

Propane sucks.  A more interesting thread would be to ask if Propane or electric is more economical.  We already know NG is better than either of those options.

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33 mins ago, Ben Lippen said:

I'm guessing, so the others might understand, that what you posted is a house that exploded because of a gas leak?

 

 

Yeah, wasn't the only one either. Google Columbia Gas Massachusetts. 

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5 hours ago, Eagles Dare said:

 

Yeah, wasn't the only one either. Google Columbia Gas Massachusetts. 

Have had a few down here as well. Last one killed a UGI worker.

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28 mins ago, DerrickT said:

Have had a few down here as well. Last one killed a UGI worker.

Some years ago a guy on the site here lost his girlfriend and his dog when his house in California exploded - chunk of a neighborhood was destroyed by a gas leak. I don't recall the details but the pictures were horrific :(

 

That said, gas over electric - the cost to operate isn't even close.  I think it's roughly 50% less per load for gas.

 

TimS

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25 mins ago, TimS said:

Some years ago a guy on the site here lost his girlfriend and his dog when his house in California exploded - chunk of a neighborhood was destroyed by a gas leak. I don't recall the details but the pictures were horrific :(

 

That said, gas over electric - the cost to operate isn't even close.  I think it's roughly 50% less per load for gas.

 

TimS

And some years before that, Baitboy from here, his house exploded right before the holidays. We did a quick fundraiser at the FF for him. He was in Mass. I think.

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