Use Your Clothes Dryer Efficiently

Most families use their clothes dryers several times a week, and it’s important to use them efficiently in order to save money and energy. Of course, the least costly way to dry clothes would be to hang them on a clothes line or rack. Unfortunately, many people lead such busy lives that this isn’t an option. However, there are a few basic things you can do to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your dryer.

  1. When you sort your clothes, don’t just sort whites and colors. Try to dry heavier items and lighter items separately.
  2. Consider running an extra spin cycle on your washer to remove more water, and thus reduce drying time.
  3. Twisted clothes take longer to dry. Untangle your clothes when you remove them from the washer by giving them a good shake.
  4. Don’t overload the dryer. You may think you’re saving money by cramming it full, but it needs some room for air circulation.
  5. Use the cool down cycle at the end of your drying time. There will still be heat in the dryer to finish the job.
  6. Try to plan your laundry so you are doing consecutive loads. That way, your dryer will be all warmed up already.
  7. Clean the lint filter after every load. This is probably the most important thing you can do, because a clogged filter reduces energy efficiency, and makes your dryer work harder.
  8. Clean the dryer vent on a regular basis. You’d be amazed at the amount of lint that collects there. Built up lint reduces efficiency and can cause a fire.

2 thoughts on “Use Your Clothes Dryer Efficiently

  1. Better yet don’t use the drier at all. It is easy to air dry all your clothes on a laundry drying rack or a clothes line. I do laundry in the evening and before breakfast all the clothes washed the day before are dried and put away. Best thing is that it is virtually FREE to air dry!

  2. I do laundry in the evening and before breakfast all the clothes washed the day before are dried and put away. Best thing is that it is virtually FREE to air dry!

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