Sep 07, 2011 by Alagasco

Shopping for a Natural Gas dryer

When shopping for a natural gas dryer, a person might feel a little overwhelmed. There are so many options to choose from.  Different brands, different styles and even different energy sources. Yep, that’s right…if you have never heard of a natural gas dryer, you need to keep reading.

Some questions that may be racing through your mind are…

  • Why would I need a natural gas dry over an electric dryer?
  • Is there a price difference?
  • How much would it cost me to convert from electric to natural gas?
  • But…I don’t want to buy a new washer and I can get the electric one that matches my current washer. (At least this may be a concern for some of us!)

 

The truth is there are a few key differences between a natural gas dryer and an electric dryer.

Some might think, as long as it dries my clothes it does the job, right? Wrong! Can you imagine drying your clothes in almost half the time? That means that your clothes would be done drying by the time the washer was done washing…and that is priceless.

As if that one benefit isn’t enough, there’s more…we are talking about fewer wrinkles and less static.  There are a few people out there who enjoy ironing, but most of us would prefer to pass on that task.

Ok, so you see some value…but does a natural gas dryer cost more than an electric dryer?

On average the natural gas dryer costs about $50-100 more than the comparable electric model. The operating cost for a gas dryer is less than electric, so in just one year, you make up the purchase price difference. Over the lifetime of the dryer you save hundreds of dollars.

But how much will it cost to convert from electric to natural gas?

This depends are several variables. Costs vary upon whether you already have a gas line run to your house. If you do, the cost is significantly less. The best way to find out is to simply contact one of our Gas Advantage Contractors, and they will be able to give you an estimate.

The good news is that Alagasco offers a natural gas dryer rebate for up to $450 if you convert your electric dryer to a natural gas dryer.

Lastly, what if you want your new dryer to match your current washer?  There is good news. Most manufacturers make a natural gas model of any dryer that they make. ..so, no worries.

Alagasco is partial to natural gas for obvious reasons. We hope that you can see that it is the clear choice when shopping for your next dryer.

Alagasco

Alagasco, your natural gas partner, provides clean, energy efficient natural gas to approximately 437,000 homes, businesses and industries in central and north Alabama. To report a gas leak, a line break, or any other gas service emergency, please call 1-800-292-4008. For other inquiries about your account, service or billing, you can reach us via email or phone.

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