Electric and gas clothes dryers are energy hogs. They have a motor that uses many kilowatts of power to turn the dryer drum. They also have an electric or gas fired heater that eats up energy at a high rate. The longer the dryer runs the more energy it uses.
How can I run the dryer less and still get dry clothes?
Do not run the dryer any longer than needed to get the job done.
If one or two items are still wet, you can hang them up to finish drying. Or, remove the dry clothes and load up the dryer for the next load. Give the wet items a second ride with the next batch.
Clean the lint trap before starting each load. Keeping the airflow up results in faster drying times. Wash the lint trap screen with soap, hot water and a scrub brush every couple of months to keep the screen openings as big as possible.
The moisture from the wet clothes is moved out of the dryer in the air that goes out the vent. The vent hose and dryer vent seal must be kept clean for maximum airflow. When the vent is choked with lint, the airflow is reduced and it takes longer to dry the clothes. That results in bigger energy bills.
Sheet metal stovepipe vent duct stays clean longer than the corrugated plastic flex hose. Make sure that the bends are gradual and the vent hose is not flattened anywhere. Support the flex hose so that it will not sag and pinch closed.
Your dryer vent seal is where the vent hose goes out of the house. Make sure that the dryer vent seal opens completely when the dryer is running. Too much lint in the works will reduce airflow. In addition, too much lint may stop it from closing to block insects and rodents when the dryer is not running. I recommend a large easy to clean vent seal like this one. Click here for energy saving dryer vent seal
WARNING: If you let the dryer vent get plugged with lint, it is a fire hazard. When the airflow through you dryer stops your, dryer will over heat and may start the lint burning. Plugged dryer vents are one of the leading causes of house fires.
Keep it clean, safe and efficient.
If you can do it, run the next load of clothes right away. It is like baking cookies, it saves energy to make another batch while the oven is still hot. I like oatmeal cookies best. Running the next load of clothes while the dryer is still hot will save energy.
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