Clothes dryers can take a lot of energy. The newer washer and
dryers are very efficient. The high speed spinning cycle of the washers
takes a lot more moisture out of the clothing before it is even put in the
dryer. If you need to replace your appliances, you will save electricity
buying the newer models.
If you have an older model,
there are a couple thrift conscious things you can do to cut down on drying
time. Always keep your filter clean. Wash your
filter. Soak it first, and then clean it with a toothbrush. To keep your
vent clean, buy a long flexible brush to clean it from the dryer to
the outside air vent.
Give you clothes an extra spin dry in the washing machine
before putting them in the dryer, and hang up cotton clothes to air dry.
You can leave towels to dry overnight before drying them. Best way to save
on drying clothes- use an old-fashioned clothes line.
some more frugal tips to save money with
- Wash full loads, but do not
pack your dryer.
- Use the auto-dry setting on
your dryer so it will stop when your clothing is dry.
- Use a clothesline in good
weather for jeans and towels that take longer to dry. You
can put them in
the dryer when they are still slightly wet to soften them up.
- Clothing will dry quicker if
you add one or two towels soft, dry towels to the load to absorb water.