Your dryer can be one of the biggest energy hogs in your home. Regardless of whether you have a gas or electric dryer, it takes a lot of power to get the air inside the drum hot enough to dry a big load of wet clothes. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to minimize the amount of energy it uses. By running your appliance more efficiently, you can cut down on power usage and potentially save on monthly utility bills.
Take Advantage of the Moisture Sensor
A dryer with a moisture sensor will monitor how wet your clothes are and automatically shuts off the machine once a load is dry. This helpful feature avoids wasting energy while heating up clothes that are already dry.
Place Your Dryer in a Naturally Warm Area
Your electric or gas dryer uses a lot of energy just to heat the air at the beginning of each cycle. By placing it in a warmer area of the house, you can reduce how long it takes to warm up. As a result, your clothes will dry faster and you won't have to run it for as long a time.
Use the Delayed Start Feature
The delayed start setting is used commonly to start an appliance when no one is around to start the machine. However, there's another way to use this feature. Depending on where you live, energy rates can be lower during certain times of day. For instance, some area have lower rates in the middle of the night when few people are using their appliances. Consider using delayed start to run your dryer during these hours. While you're still using the same amount of energy, you might not have to pay as much for it.
Do Loads One After Another
Instead of doing a load here and there, save up several loads of laundry and do them one after another. This takes advantage of the already-heated drum to reduce how long it takes your dryer to heat up, once more minimizing how long you have to run it.
Study the Energy Report
Some dryers can produce an energy report, which provides information on how much energy it's using. Studying the report will help you to track results, so you can see what really improves efficiency and what doesn't.
Use a Drying Rack
Foldable drying racks are inexpensive and easy to store. Use them to air-dry small loads and delicate items, and you won't have to run the dryer as often.