Using your clothes dryer more efficiently
Story Title: Using your clothes dryer more efficiently
Date: 9th October
Presenter: Anne Armansin
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Clothes dryer health check
- It costs around $1 in electricity to dry a load of washing in the dryer, so use the sun whenever you can - it's free!
- Clean the lint filters after every cycle to help it run more efficiently
- Do not overload dryers, your clothes won't tumble freely and they'll take longer to dry (and will end up more creased too)
- If you're using the dryer cycle on a combined washer/dryer, remember they're designed to dry half the weight of the washing load (e.g. wash 5kg/dry 2.5kg)
- Use the highest spin cycle possible on your washing machine so clothes aren't too wet before you dry them
- Use the correct heat setting - your clothes will thank you and it helps to reduce the amount of energy consumed
- Make sure your laundry is well ventilated - humid air can slow down drying time
Replacing your dryer
The most energy efficient dryers use new heat pump technology. In a 6kg dryer, running costs are approximately half that of same sized units.
- If you're on a budget and use a dryer often, think about the benefits offered by auto-sensing clothes dryers. They turn off automatically when the load is dry, reducing energy waste to save nearly 20% of energy per load.
- Visit Origin's energyinstitute.com.au for practical energy efficiency advice to help manage your energy use around the home
- Want to ask an energy related question? Ask Anne at Origin's energyinstitute.com.au