Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Appliances

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-25-2008, 09:34 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 92
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Gas dryer or electric


We are redoing that part of our basement right now, and we need to decide if we want a gas or electric dryer.

I've never had gas so don't know.

Thoughts, advice, opinions?

Thanks

troyce1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2008, 10:14 AM   #2
BUILDER / REMODELING CONT
 
buletbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: LONG ISLAND N.Y
Posts: 1,543
Rewards Points: 1,000
Default

Gas dryer or electric


I was brought up with electric appliances, but when I met my wife who was raised with gas appliances is when I converted. The gas is cheaper we now have a gas stove, gas dryer. and my wife uses the dryer twice a day five day a week and the stove the same. and my gas bill is between 15.00-18.00 per month. it dries faster and boil es water faster. Hope this help with making your decision. BOB.

buletbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2008, 10:57 AM   #3
I have gas!
 
Clutchcargo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 1,780
Rewards Points: 1,012
Default

Gas dryer or electric


Some people are afraid of NG and I never had gas before I bought my current house. Now I prefer NG.
__________________
I tear things down and build them up.
Clutchcargo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2008, 12:12 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 208
Rewards Points: 150
Default

Gas dryer or electric


We had a NG clothes dryer and switched to electric for several reasons.

1) Our dryer had developed a gas leak that could be smelled throughout the house. The technician from our supplier came over, located it, and red tagged it therefore shutting it down until it was fixed. Luckily he said it was not enough of a leakage to be dangerous, but with a newborn on the way I did not want to chance another, possibly more dangerous one it in the future.

2) From an environmental perspective, NG is a fossil fuel that cannot be replaced and it does add pollution even though it is a very clean burning fossil fuel. We went electric because we purchase some wind and hydro power through our supplier, so at least some of our electricity is renewable and therefore more environmentally concious.

3) From a cost perspective it is about the same to use electric or gas for us. This will depend on your local rates of NG and electric. This I believe is true also because we purchased a HE Front Load washer that uses only 16 gallons of water and the clothes are spun so fast they are practically dry when we put them into the dryer, so the dryer does not have to work as long.

So I guess the choice is more a perosonal one that has several different perspectives.
creamaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2008, 05:39 PM   #5
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 28
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Gas dryer or electric


Quote:
Originally Posted by buletbob View Post
and my gas bill is between 15.00-18.00 per month.

Is that a typo? I'm also on Long Island and have a gas dryer and oven. My gas bill in the summer is about $75/month and in the winter is about $150/month.

Even when I lived in Tucson, Arizona in 2000 with just a gas oven, my bill was still about $20/month (8 years ago!)
RammsteinNicCage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2008, 06:13 PM   #6
What can I find here?
 
Winchester's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 188
Rewards Points: 150
Default

Gas dryer or electric


Bought a new washer and dryer just over a year ago (HE LG appliances - may want to consider from Sears) very nice units.

The gas unit was like $60 more than the electric but from my research, indications were that it would pay for itself in most areas. Depends on your local rates.

Do you have one type of connection already or nothing at all? Another consideration would be the expenses of either installing/adding electrical vs. gas lines. Something else to consider too.

Best of luck.
Winchester is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2008, 06:57 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 187
Rewards Points: 150
Default

Gas dryer or electric


Quote:
Originally Posted by RammsteinNicCage View Post
Is that a typo? I'm also on Long Island and have a gas dryer and oven. My gas bill in the summer is about $75/month and in the winter is about $150/month.

Even when I lived in Tucson, Arizona in 2000 with just a gas oven, my bill was still about $20/month (8 years ago!)
Why would your gas bill double in the winter? Just on cooking and dryer?
Don't get me wrong I prefer electric dryers, and cooking although we do have a gas stove/oven now.

Gary
Gary_602z is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2008, 07:01 PM   #8
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 28
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Gas dryer or electric


Sorry, I have gas heat, too.
RammsteinNicCage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2008, 07:31 PM   #9
BUILDER / REMODELING CONT
 
buletbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: LONG ISLAND N.Y
Posts: 1,543
Rewards Points: 1,000
Default

Gas dryer or electric


Quote:
Originally Posted by RammsteinNicCage View Post
Is that a typo? I'm also on Long Island and have a gas dryer and oven. My gas bill in the summer is about $75/month and in the winter is about $150/month.

Even when I lived in Tucson, Arizona in 2000 with just a gas oven, my bill was still about $20/month (8 years ago!)
No. it is correct. we don,t use the oven just the stove, and the dryer. BOB.
buletbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2008, 08:12 PM   #10
What can I find here?
 
Winchester's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 188
Rewards Points: 150
Default

Gas dryer or electric


For gas, you need to know the unit cost of fuel by Btu (British thermal unit) or therm. (1 therm = 100,000 Btu)

365 X 41045/EF X Fuel Cost (Btu) = estimated annual cost of operation

OR

365 X 0.4105/EF X Fuel Cost (therm) = estimated annual cost of operation

Example: A natural gas water heater with an EF of .57 and a fuel cost of $0.00000619/Btu

365 X 41045/.57 X $0.00000619 = $163

For electric water you need to know or convert the unit cost of electricity by kilowatt-hour (kWh).

365 X 12.03/EF X Electricity Cost by kWh = estimated annual cost of operation

Example: A heat pump water heater with an EF of 2.0 and a electricity cost of $0.0842/kWh

365 X 12.03/2.0 X $0.0842 = $185

Last edited by Winchester; 11-25-2008 at 08:15 PM.
Winchester is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2008, 09:20 AM   #11
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 96
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Gas dryer or electric


Gas, its cheaper and gentler on your clothes.

JCAHILL4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Gas Dryer - Electric Dryer gannys General DIY Discussions 8 10-13-2008 04:50 PM
New electric dryer is blowing breaker! minameismud Electrical 7 09-14-2008 10:45 PM
Electric Dryer wiring/plug question SpaceCrawler Electrical 6 08-26-2008 04:33 PM
Gas vs. Electric Dryer Jrr1099 Appliances 1 03-24-2008 02:40 PM
Problem with ELECTRIC DRYER plugs SpaceCrawler Appliances 6 06-03-2007 10:21 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.