Before we moved to the house we live in now, we used to have a tumble drier and if I’m honest, we probably used it at least four times a week. It was always just so easy to do a quick mid-week wash and pop the clothes in the tumble drier to dry them ready for the next day and with two small children, my tumble drier was probably my most used appliance.
Apart from the obvious costs of using the tumble drier itself, there was also the cost of the extra (usually half full or less) washes that I did through the week because I knew that I could dry the clothes quickly in the tumble drier.
I’ve read that a C rated tumble drier costs around 50p per cycle to run so if I used mine four times a week that came to an annual cost of £104.00, which works out to £8.66 extra on my monthly bill. Household appliances are rated on a scale of A-G and the average rating for a tumble drier is C, some are worse so you could be even paying out more than this for the pleasure of using yours. The better rated appliances cost are much more expensive to buy so you’ll probably know if you have one of those! 😉
We put ours on Freecycle when we moved and although I do miss the convenience of having it sometimes (and I miss the way it made my towels feel extra fluffy) I’ve managed OK without it. I’ve certainly never been tempted to go out and buy another one and when I saw one for sale on our local for sale site on Facebook a few weeks ago for £20, my first thought wasn’t ‘oooh that’s a bargain’, it was actually ‘I bet I know why they’re selling that!’
When the sun’s shining, I dry the clothes outside on my rotary dryer and when it’s threatening rain or raining then I usually dry them on my radiators and on my old fashioned clothes horse that I got on sale somewhere.
So, for those of you with a tumble drier, can you do without it to save almost £10 a month?
And if you think you can, you might find this little lot helpful….
Oh, and on another random note, while I was researching the current costs of running a tumble drier I found out that a doorbell costs an average of £6.00 a year. Considering the amount of times a day that someone knocks on my door, I’m pretty sure ours would cost way more than that so now I can say that we don’t have a doorbell because we’re saving money – not because we have no idea how to install one.
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