Los Angeles energy rates = $0.31/kWh (tier 4). What's yours?
Living in Los Angeles county leaves us with Southern California Edison electricity rates. We're currently at tier 4, at $0.31/kWh. We have no air-conditioning, no pool, no spa, and our lighting is 100% fluorescent and LED. Currently, our gas appliances include: clothes dryer, tankless water heater, forced-air heater. Every other appliance is electric, but all are recent models, and fairly energy-efficient.
Unfortunately, for both cosmetics and ease of cleaning, I chose a quartz-electric cooktop. Induction would've been more efficient, but all induction cooktops have an ugly aluminum frame. Ours is just a continuous sheet of black glass with touch-controls (no knobs). Boy, is that sucker easy to clean!
Back to the point . . . at an energy rate of $0.31/kWh, operating an electric clothes dryer can be an extremely expensive affair. Say you have a 240VAC electric dryer drawing 24A of current. Using the power law (volts x amps = Watts), running that dryer for one hour results in 5.76kWh of power consumed. Multiply that times a Los Angeles-resident electricity rate of $0.31/kWh, and you get a running cost of $1.79 per hour. If it takes two hours to dry your clothes in a condenser dryer (assuming a 24-amp draw, which I don't know if that's accurate, since no one publishes their dryers' actual current-draw), that's a whopping $3.57 per load.
This post was edited by studio460 on Tue, Jun 18, 13 at 7:25