Washer And Dryer Savings!


These pointers can save you a great deal on your power
each month:

1. Try to air dry as many of your clothes as possible.

2. Use a portable clothesline to dry your clothes instead
of using an electric or natural gas clothes dryer. You
can get a plastic clothes hanger from Wal-Mart that
you can stand on the floor or hang it. There are also
retractable ones that are especially useful if you live
in an apartment. Clothes dryers are not the best at
keeping T-shirts, etc. in good condition and bright
colors are inclined to fade, so hanging your clothes
to dry will not only save you money on your electric
or gas bill, but it will make your clothes last longer;
and save you money on your clothing budget, too.

3. Does your home have natural gas? If so get a gas
clothes dryer, because the cost to run a gas dryer is
approximately 15 to 20 cents whereas an electrical
clothes dryer with the normal load of laundry will
cost 30 to 40 cents. Another benefit of natural gas
clothes dryer is that it will dry a load of clothes three
times faster than an electric dryer.
“Clothes dry up to three times faster in a gas clothes
dryer compared to electric dryers, reducing drying
time and saving you money. A gas clothes dryer will
dry approximately two loads of clothes for the same
energy cost it takes to dry one load electrically.”
Source: The State of Queensland Australia (Depart-
ment of Mines and Energy)

4. Always clean the lint filter in your dryer before every
load. It takes longer to dry the clothes with a full lint
filter because the air is unable to flow through a full
filter with efficiency.

5. In addition to cleaning out the lint trap of your clothes
dryer, remove the mesh trap and wash it with warm
soapy water and a soft brush. Do this at least a couple
times each year. The reason is that if you use clothes
softener dryer sheets they cause a film that clogs the
holes in the mesh. This will cost you more money in
two ways: 1) your dryer will not run as efficiently as pos-
sible and therefore you will have higher electricity bills,
and 2) if you don’t do this, eventually you’ll burn out
the dryer’s heating unit. That’s a bill you don’t want

Extract from Simply Fantastic: Living Better On Less: pages 28 & 29

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