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  • Dehydrator: myth that it takes up lots of electricity?

    I'm tempted to get one as opposed to leaving my oven on for 10 hours straight or whatever. Now that it's close to tomato season, I want to make a lot of sun-dried tomatoes. Do dehydrators really increase energy consumption by a lot?
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    When I first got my Nesco/American Harvest dehydrator a few years ago, I took all the figures, (wattage, time, electric rates) and figured that it cost about 70-cents to dry a batch of fruit or veggies. Not bad at all.

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      I calculated it cost $2 to have a 220v kiln on for a 5 hour firing.
      Dehydrator would be way less, as it is 120v and somewhere around 1000w.
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