Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Energy Tips for Using Your Dryer

While line drying is the most energy efficient option for drying your clothes, sometimes that isn't always possible or convenient.

Here are some ways to save a little money while still using your dryer.

First shorten the time you dry your clothes. New machines come with built in moisture control settings that automatically turn off when the clothes are dry. If your machine doesn't have this then you can test run a load to see how long it takes to get dry. I used to just throw my clothes in the dryer and turn it to 80 min. Now I know that it takes about 40 minutes to dry most loads.

Don't overload your dryer. This can make your dryer work harder.

Clean the lint screen after each load.

Dry one load right after the other to make use of residual heat.

Have any other suggestions? Please feel free to share.


  1. Good Post.
    Another idea is to dry things part way and then hang them when they still have a bit of moisture not wet though. This is also a help if you iron straight away.
    Line drying is not an option for everyone. I happen to be home so I am able.

  2. Rainy days and winter make outdoor drying difficult, but people can air dry their clothes indoors by using a clothes drying rack like this one. Being round it works really nice under a ceiling fan. Just leave it there all night while the family sleeps and have dry clothes in the morning!

  3. I had heard that putting a dry hand towel in with the wet clothes can also cut down on your dying time. The principal behind this is that the towel gets hotter than the clothes and helps dry them faster. My engineer hubby didn't believe it either until he tried...guess what it works.

  4. Thanks Shirley, I am going to try that!