Tumble dryers are known to be energy hogs, and they are one of the significant contributors to your monthly electricity bill. So, if you are in the market for a new dryer, you should consider getting one that uses heat pump technology. These types of appliances tend to have higher energy efficiency ratings than dryers that use vented or condenser systems.
However, if you just want to make your dryer as energy efficient as possible, we have some tips for you so you can start saving energy during your next load.
Tip #1: Remove excess water by using your washer’s spin cycle
Always remember, putting wet items in your tumble dryer will often extend drying time, which will significantly increase your energy consumption and put some strain on your appliance. Therefore, we recommend using the spin cycle on your washer to remove those excess water since this will shorten the time needed to dry your clothes.
Tip #2: Always clean your evaporator and lint filters
Keeping the evaporator and lint filters clean will keep your dryer in top condition, which means better drying performance. In fact, blocked filters will make the motor work harder, and that could increase your energy consumption.
If you don’t know how to clean your tumble dryer’s filters, you can always check the manufacturer’s cleaning guide.
Tip #3: Keep your dryer in a well-ventilated room
For better energy efficiency, we recommend that you put your tumble dryer in a well-ventilated area in your home. You should also check the vent hose for any lint build-up since this can reduce efficiency.
Tip #4: Dry similar fabrics
Drying different fabrics in your dryer will reduce your energy efficiency, so it is best to dry similar fabrics since all your garments are guaranteed to dry simultaneously.
Tip #5: Do not overload or underload the drum
To get the best performance out of your dryer, you will need to put the right amount of laundry because overloading it will hinder drying performance and may even cause damage to the machine. Also, it is not ideal to underload your appliance since it will use the full programmes’ worth of energy.
Tip #6: Use Dryer Balls
Using dryer balls can prevent clumping and help the clothes retain heat, thus enhancing the drying process
Tip #6: Don’t add wet clothes mid-cycle
You might be tempted to put a few wet clothes halfway through your drying cycle, but this will hinder the efficiency of your dryer. In fact, the water in the wet clothes will be sucked up again, so your load will take longer to dry and will use more energy. Therefore, it’s best to save those wet garments for your next load.
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