Energy Saving Tips

Don't Overdry Clothes

If you remove still slightly damp clothes it will reduce the need for ironing which will also lower your energy use. Other reasons for not overdrying clothes include reducing static electricity and shrinkage plus adding longer fabric life.

It also helps to separate your clothes into light and heavy weight fabrics as the lighter weight ones dry quicker, while heavier weight ones take longer. Separating before drying lets you dry the first load and then take advantage of the already heated drum for drying the next load.

Dry Full Loads

Accumulate laundry when possible so you can wash and dry full loads. In many cases you may have a matched washer and dryer so a full washer load will also be a full dryer load. At the same time take care you do not overfill either the washer or the dryer. Washing and drying small loads wastes energy and overloading causes other problems.

Check Dryer Vents

The dryer exhaust vent must be periodically cleaned of accumulated lint. The hood flapper valve should also be checked so that it opens and closes freely. Otherwise warm outside air will enter the house through the dryer vent, penalizing your cooling costs.

Clean Dryer Filter

Follow the maker's instructions and clean the dryer lint filter before each load. Restricted air flow from a clogged filter can be a fire hazard, while also reducing a dryer's performance.

Free Drying

When weather and local restrictions permit, hang your clothes outdoors and use free solar energy.