Reduce energy use and save money.
Drying clothes on a line in the breeze and sunshine is the best option.
- Wash less and wear more. This is easier in colder weather.
- Implement a system for keeping clothes that have been worn already and can be worn again.
- Install a clothes line or hanger system inside or undercover.
- If it is raining today check the forecast as the weather may be sunny tomorrow. Wait and hang clothes outside then.
- Dry items inside on clothes horses or coat hangers where you may have household heating operating.
Sometimes using a dryer is your only option. Try these tips:
- Spin the load as much as possible in the washing machine. Use a high spin or extended spin if you intend to use the dryer.
- Use wool dryer balls to aerate the load and naturally draw out moisture.
- Dry in loads according to similar fabric types.
- Don’t fill the dryer. Aim for 2/3 full to allow room for air to circulate and clothes to rise and fall.
- Ensure the dryer room is well ventilated. Clothes dry slower in a humid environment.
- A temperature sensing dryer is more efficient than a regular dryer. A moisture sensing dryer is best as it will stop when the clothes are considered dry (not over-dry).
- Check each piece and only redo items that need it or pop them on a hanger to dry that last little bit.
- Piggy back loads to make use of residual heat in the dryer.
- Clean the lint trap after each load. Lint can be composted.
- If possible direct the dyer vent to blow over other drying clothes.