Texas Energy Efficiency
Why Buy an Energy Efficient Hair Dryer?
By Megan Phelps
How Much Electricity does a hair dryer use?
This week, I decided to try my hair dryer with the Kill a Watt, and holy cow. So my computer was drawing about 92 watts. My hair dryer on low used 402 watts. Switch it to high, and it goes to 1440 watts!
Why is that number so high? Well, the hair dryer is producing heat, and that can consume a lot of electricity. Here’s a great list from the Department of Energy with the typical wattages of many appliances. Some of the big electricity users are obvious: your water heater, your refrigerator, dishwashers. But some of the smaller appliances on the list that are unexpectedly high produce a lot of heat: irons, toasters and hair dryers, for instance.
On the other hand, just because an appliance uses a lot of electricity while it’s on doesn’t mean much, because it all depends on how long you leave it on. Remember, your electric bill is based on kilowatt-hours, and that’s electric use over time. And while I use my computer for many hours a day, I typically spend five minutes or less drying my hair. So where am I using the most electricity?
Hair Dryer vs. Computer: Here’s How It Breaks Down
So, I’ve left the Kill a Watt plugged into my computer for 10 days now, and the meter shows that during that time the computer has used 13.5 kilowatt-hours of electricity.
Have I used that much electricity over the last 10 days while drying my hair? Not even close. 1.5 kilowatt-hours is a better guess, because I’ve probably spent a total of an hour* drying my hair over the last 10 days.
So, yes, I’m using far more electricity with my computer than with my hair dryer.
Want to do some more math? You can find out how all that translates to greenhouse gas emissions here.
Buying an Energy Efficient Hair Dryer can Save you Money.
Long gone are the days when I used to tip, streak and blow dry my hair (hey, it was the 80′s), but a hair dryer is still a critical piece of equipment in our household for my partner and daughters. Unfortunately hair dryers can be real energy suckers and something I didn’t consider is EMF radiation which is a bit of a concern considering how close you have these things to your head
I just received a note from Caleb of Hairflix, letting me know about a more environmentally friendly hair dryer they stock – and a special offer for Green Living Tips readers:
“For any of your readers that are looking for a safe and energy-efficient blow dryer they should check out the BarBar ECO-8000. The main benefit of the dryer is that you can cut the time it takes to dry your hair in half while cutting down on energy consumption. The ECO-8000 saves energy by only using 1000 watts compared to other blow dryers that use 1800 watts to do the same thing.
The other benefit of using the BarBar ECO-8000 is its extremely low radiation levels compared to other hair dryers. You may not realize it but hair dryers emit 200-400 mG of harmful EMF radiation which is more than a microwave. The BarBar ECO 8000 only emits 1.9 mG because it doesn’t use a metal coil. Instead it uses a ceramic block that is much safer and performs better.
At HairFlixShop.com we are an authorized online retailer. Here’s a link to the ECO-8000 Hair dryer page for your readers to purchase one if they are interested in doing so. They can save $20 off the purchase price by entering the promo code “Green” in the shopping cart when they checkout.”