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8 Energy Saving Tips for Your Electric Clothes Dryer
By Donald Grummett
Every consumer likes the idea of saving electricity. Not only is it good for the environment, but also for our pocketbooks. Some of the largest consumers of electricity in your home are your appliances. This includes your electric clothes dryer. The following is a collection of simple tips about how to save electricity when using your electrical clothes dryer.
1) Clean filter:
This idea seems so basic that everyone groans when it's suggested. but take it very seriously. Cleaning the dryer lint filter after every load is probably the simplest way to save energy. Even a small amount of lint on the filter can restrict the airflow, which causes the dryer to compensate by running longer.
2) Auto Heat:
If your dryer has an Auto Cycle learn how to use it properly. The auto cycle compensates for the size and type of fabric that is being dried. Energy is saved because the drying time will be adjusted to ensure the clothes come out dry in the least amount of time.
3) Clean venting
The dryer venting should be cleaned every year. Lower the venting and clean out any lint buildup. Also, clean the venting cap that directs the airflow outside. Lint will collect in the cap, plus the outside louvers that open and close whenever the dryer operates. Any venting restriction will slow airflow, which in turn slows moisture removal from clothes, and increase the drying time.
4) Anti-static sheets:
If too many are used in the dryer at one time they can block the lint filter. This restricts airflow and causes the dryer to overwork and run too long. Remove the old ones from the dryer before adding any new ones.
5) Switch to front load washer:
When it’s time to replace the washer consider a front loader. They spin at a high speed, which removes a lot more moisture than the top load style. This means less time required to dry the clothes. The standard drying time of 60 minutes drops to 30 minutes when a front load washer is used.
6) Door seal:
If large amounts of lint are present at the door deal after every load then consider a new door seal. Air and heat may be leaking past the seal. To test operate the dryer with a full load of clothes. Use hand to feel around the closed door area. If any air movement is felt suspect this as a problem.
7) Lint filter housing:
The housing that holds the lint filter can become coated with old lint. This restricts airflow and wastes energy. Remove filter (first disconnect the dryer from electricity, or turn off breakers) and use a vacuum cleaner or narrow brush to remove any lint buildup at this location.
8) Variable electrical rates:
If your electricity provider charges less at certain times during the day consider changing your drying time to the less expensive periods. Most companies charge lower rates after 8:00 pm. By simply doing your household drying after this time of night the savings can be substantial. But, as a safety issue, don’t operate the dryer while you are out of the house or asleep.
All clothes dryers begin their life as an energy-efficient appliance. But, as they age their efficiency can drop off drastically. Be aware that to maintain their efficiency these machines may require some basic maintenance. Therefore if the clothes come out damp, or the machine becomes noisy, seek professional help. As a homeowner, the best thing you can do to save energy is to follow the tips above and keep the machine as lint-free as possible.
Copyright 2007 by Donald Grummett. All right reserved. Donald Grummett has been in the trade over 30 years as a technician, business owner, and technical trainer. Visit MG Services to learn more invaluable information about your appliances.
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