| By Kayla in Energy Action Alerts - Apr 11, 2012
3 Tips to Reduce the Cost of Using your DryerDon't let lint reduce your dryer's efficiency! Photo Credit
April is the time when we see the flowers finally bloom, and we look forward to the upcoming summer. It’s also a perfect time for new ideas in energy efficiency to bloom!
We suggest you start with your dryer.
It’s one of the most overlooked energy wasters in a home. Your dryer is costing you a lot. Fortunately, this can be easily remedied!
Here are 3 helpful hints:
• One of the easiest things you can do to increase drying efficiency is to clean the lint trap before each and every load. This step can save you up to $34 each year.
• Don’t over-dry your clothes. If your dryer has a moisture sensor that will automatically turn the machine off when clothes are done, use it to avoid over drying. A dryer operating an extra 15 minutes per load can cost you up to $34, every year.
• The foil or plastic hoses they give you when you purchase your dryer are massively inefficient. Any pipe should be designed with smooth surfaces and few turns to maximize efficiency. There are several alternatives available, from rigid pipe (to replace the flexible hose systems) to self-contained vent systems.