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.
- When you sort your clothes, don’t just sort whites and colors. Try to dry heavier items and lighter items separately.
- Consider running an extra spin cycle on your washer to remove more water, and thus reduce drying time.
- Twisted clothes take longer to dry. Untangle your clothes when you remove them from the washer by giving them a good shake.
- Don’t overload the dryer. You may think you’re saving money by cramming it full, but it needs some room for air circulation.
- Use the cool down cycle at the end of your drying time. There will still be heat in the dryer to finish the job.
- Try to plan your laundry so you are doing consecutive loads. That way, your dryer will be all warmed up already.
- 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.
- 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.