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clothes dryer


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.


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Frugal footnotes:

Here are some more frugal tips to save money with dryers.


- 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.








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