Use a moisture sensor on your dryer to avoid over-drying
Clothes dryers use more energy than any other appliance. When circumstances do not allow for hang drying, you can still save some energy and money by using your clothes dryer efficiently.
Step by step:
- Use the moisture sensor if your dryer has one. The moisture sensor ends the cycle when your clothes are dry, which prevents waste and over-drying.
- Dry similar fabrics together. Dry your towels and other heavy items in a load separate from lighter-weight clothes.
- Dry longer on a lower setting. This uses less energy than drying for a shorter time on a high setting. Using high heat can lead to shrinkage and clothing won't last as long.
- Remove clothes as soon as they are dry. Modern dryers will continue to tumble to prevent wrinkles and therefore use more energy.
- Get the lint out. Remember to clean the lint filter after every load to improve air circulation. Lint lengthens the drying time. Clean vents to the outside once a year to reduce fire risk.