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The Lowdown on the Cost of Running a Food Dehydrator

Updated: May 10, 2023

Food dehydrators are a great way to preserve and enjoy your favorite fruits, vegetables, and meats. However, concerns about the cost of running this appliance may deter some people from using it. In this article, I'll provide an easy-to-follow example of calculating the cost of running a food dehydrator and share tips on reducing energy consumption.

How to Calculate the Cost of Running a Food Dehydrator To calculate the cost of running your food dehydrator, you must know the appliance's wattage and the electricity cost per kilowatt-hour (kWh) in your area. The wattage of a food dehydrator can usually be found on the appliance or in the user manual. Then, check your electric bill or call the utility company for your kWh cost.

Once you know the wattage, you can use the following formula to calculate the kWh used: (kW x hours of use) / 1000 = kWh

For example, if your food dehydrator has a wattage of 600 and you run it for 12 hours, the kWh used would be: (600 watts x 12 hours) / 1000 = 7.2 kWh

To calculate the cost of running your food dehydrator, you must know the cost per kWh of electricity in your area. For this example, let's assume the cost per kWh is $0.15.

To calculate the cost of running your food dehydrator for 12 hours, you would multiply the kWh used by the cost per kWh: 7.2 kWh x $0.15 per kWh = $1.08 ($1.08 per day USD) Therefore, running a food dehydrator with a wattage of 600 for 12 hours would cost approximately $1.08 ($1.08 a day USD)


If you run it 12 hours a day, but want the monthly cost, multiply the $1.08/day times the number of days in a month. Using 30 days, the cost would be:

$1.08 a day X 30 days = ($32.40 per month USD).

Reducing Energy Consumption To reduce the energy consumption of your food dehydrator and save money on your electricity bill, you can follow these tips:

  1. Choose a food dehydrator with a lower wattage. The lower the wattage, the less energy the appliance will use. But it may take longer to dry your food.

  2. Dehydrate larger batches of food at one time. Running the appliance less frequently will reduce its energy consumption.

  3. Use a timer to turn off the appliance after the desired dehydration time has been reached if you are gone and do not have a timer on your dehydrator.

  4. Place the food dehydrator in a cool, dry place with good ventilation. This will help the appliance operate more efficiently.

Calculating the cost of running a food dehydrator is straightforward. By following the tips I've provided, you can reduce the energy consumption of your food dehydrator and save money on your electricity bill. Don't let concerns about the cost of running a food dehydrator deter you from enjoying the delicious and healthy snacks it can provide. With some planning and awareness, you can use your food dehydrator without breaking the bank. Happy dehydrating!



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