Clothes Drying Savings Tips 
 
  • Use the moisture sensor option on your dryer, which automatically shuts off the machine when the clothes are dry. 
  • If your clothes washer has spin options, choose a high spin speed or extended spin option to reduce the amount of remaining moisture, thus starting the drying process before you put your clothes in the dryer. 
  • Consider air-drying clothes on clothes lines or drying racks. Air-drying is recommended by clothing manufacturers for some fabrics.
  • About 90% of the energy used for washing clothes in a conventional top-load washer is for heating the water. 
  • There are two ways to reduce the amount of energy used for washing clothes - use less water and use cooler water. 
  • Unless you're dealing with oily stains, the warm or cold water setting on your machine will generally do a good job of cleaning your clothes. 
  • Switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut a load's energy use in half.
  • Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes.
  • Don't over-dry your clothes. If your machine has a moisture sensor, use it.
  • Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation.
  • Use the cool-down cycle to allow the clothes to finish drying with the residual heat in the dryer.
  • Periodically inspect your dryer vent to ensure it is not blocked. This will save energy and may prevent a fire. Manufacturers recommend using rigid venting material, not plastic vents that may collapse and cause blockages.
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