Even the most energy efficient Electric Clothes Dryer made in America will still consume an enormous amount of energy. Mostly because the unit is using electricity to create heat and if you don't have Natural Gas for use inside your home, then you can't use a Gas Clothes Dryer and you are compelled to use electric dryers. Nevertheless, there is much to know and many steps to take that will keep money in your pocket while helping to improve our planet's climate.
The first thing we CAN'T do is go out and buy a Heat Pump Dryer made in Europe. Why? Because they are not available in America. Many believe the European market is years ahead of America when it comes to Clothes Dryers. Over 25 models are available in Europe and none in America. Sweden's Electrolux was the first to produce the Heat Pump Dryer almost 20 years ago! Germany's Bosch model uses 40% less energy than America's basic Energy Star electric operated clothes dryers.
Some reports state that a Heat Pump model is available to buy in America, but at what price and why did this take so long? I did a Live Chat with the only manufacturer I found selling a Heat Pump Dryer in America. They are a South Korean company and their representative was clueless. She finally admitted she didn't understand half my questions and didn't have any information dealing with a savings comparison between an electric Heat Pump dryer and a gas operated dryer. She finally stated, "I will be honest but the information that I have here is just that it use 53% less energy." Compared to what, was the question I needed answered, because I have a gas operated dryer that uses 75% less energy than an electric dryer. Therefore, it is difficult to justify spending $600 plus for an electric operated Heat Pump dryer that has a good chance of providing me with no savings when drying my clothes! Thus Seven (7) Energy, Money, and Earth, Saving Facts for your clothes drying needs are listed after the image below to help while we wait for American dryers to catch up in efficiency.
STEP ONE: Throw a Big DRY Bath Towel in the Dryer with the wet clothes!
To save approximately 7 minutes drying time, every time you dry clothes, get one of the largest bath towels you own and make it your Dryer's default towel. Yes, this towel shall stay in the Dryer forever. Having an already “dry towel” in the Dryer with wet clothes will help absorb the moisture out of the air inside the dryer, thus helping to dry clothes in less time.
STEP TWO: If you have an Electric Dryer and you have Natural Gas available. Consider getting a gas Dryer because the savings will justify the expense to switch.
If an Electric Dryer cost $1.00 to dry clothes, it will only cost 25 cents to dry the same clothes in a Gas Dryer.
That is a possible 75% savings. The range of savings is from 50% up to 75%!
Make sure the cost to switch is within reason. Note that a master license plumber will be needed to run the gas line inside your house and to properly vent the gas dryer. Also make sure you buy the most energy efficient Dryer made.
STEP THREE: Use the "Automatic Cycles" if your machine has that feature. Do not use or set a "timed" cycle because the clothes may be fully dry well before the "time" is up.
STEP FOUR: Start saving with your clothes Washer by using the longer spin cycle on your washing machine to remove as much water from your clothes as possible. Obviously this will NOT apply to "Delicates" because you will be laying these clothes flat to air dry.
STEP FIVE: Do you use fabric softener sheets? How many boxes do you buy each year and at what cost? For about $10.00, Dryer Balls can replace the sheets, save money, drying time, and our environment.
STEP SIX: On Wash Day try to run your Dryer two, three, or more times in a row. This will allow you to take advantage of the retained heat in the Dryer. Make sure the Dryer is filled, don't run the Dryer just to dry a pair of socks. Dry as you washed: Meaning, you just ran a load of underwear, then dry underwear. Don't mix “long to dry” items such as bath towels with underwear. ALWAYS clean out the Lint Screen after EACH time you run the Dryer! Lint is the number one cause of house fires.
STEP SEVEN: You can save 100% on your Dryer cost by using Solar, aka Clothes Line.
Electric Clothes Dryers are one of the biggest electrical consuming appliance in the house vs a Gas Dryer.
Some reports show Electric Dryers responsible for one whole ton of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
Using a Clothes Line has numerous benefits:
a. No utility bill
b. Fresh clean air smell to the clothes
c. Less wear and tear on clothes, thus clothes last longer
d. Exercise for your TriCeps and BiCeps
e. More energy saved for our grandchildren .
f. Helping our planet's environment
International Sustainability and Energy Consultant
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