I was given an assignment from my boss to evaluate the cost of how much money (U.S.) it costs to wash and dry one load of laundry.

I fully understand that there are a lot of variables; the size of the load, the heat, the economics of the washer and dryer, but I would just like a rough estimite.

I would greatly apreciate if you could give me a rough estimite.

Thanks very much!

-The internHow much money (U.S.) does it cost to wash and dry one load of laundry?

Here's how I would go about it.. you may need to do a little research into prices in your area.

Total up the following:

Washer:

- Water: Gallons of water (washer capacity) x cost/gallon (look on your water bill)

- Electric: Energy consumption per load (in KWhr)x cost per KWhr (look on your electric bill)

- Detergent: Divide the price you paid by the number of loads the bottle can give you

- Fabric Softener: Divide the price you paid by the number of loads the bottle can give you

Dryer:

- Electric: Energy consumption per load (in KWhr) x cost per KWhr (look on your electric bill)

- Dryer Sheet: Rough cost of a dryer sheet (price paid/# sheets in a box).

If you wanted to get really fancy, you could add in the cost of depreciation of the washer and dryer (I would only do this is you worked in a field where total cost of ownership of the appliance was important or your boss owned laundromats and the washer/dryer were capital expenses... or for a finance class).

Also for extra credit, once you have your answer, compare it to the cost of a load at the nearest laundromat. Don't forget to factor in the cost of gas to get there.

You have me curious now, so I am going to see if I can figure out how much it costs me and will come back and edit my answer with a rough cost.

EDIT:

My numbers may be off because I have the high efficiency/front load type of washer/dryer.. so my energy consumption for the washer and dryer is much less than on a standard dryer and it uses less water. These numbers could easily be 2x on a standard washer/dryer.

Wash (one load):

- Water: $0.00 (I pay $0.0006 per gallon, so cost was not material)

- Electric: $0.21 (0.4 KWhr/load at $0.5227/KWhr)

- Detergent: $0.14 (Tide bought in bulk)

- Fabric Softener: $0.05 (Downey bought in bulk)

Total: $0.40

Dry (one load):

- Electric: $0.16 (0.3 KWhr/load at $0.5227/KWhr)

- Dryer Sheet: $0.04

Total: $0.20

The depreciation worked out to be $0.20-$0.30 per load per appliance, but it depends on your assumptions and how much you paid.

Hope this helps!

Some sites that have facts and figures to help you out:

http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/equipment/englishéˆ¥?/a>

http://www.solarwindcanada.ca/misc/energéˆ¥?/a>How much money (U.S.) does it cost to wash and dry one load of laundry?

When I do my laundry at a Laundromat it costs me $2.00 to wash 1 large load and $1.00 to dry that load.

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