Drying your clothes takes a toll on your bank balance and the environment –so here are some easy tips to reduce your impact on the planet. High-efficiency dryers only use half the energy of older models, but you can still make laundry more efficient. Here are some tips for saving energy and helping the environment.
Drying Tips to Save Money and Reduce Environmental Impact
Your tumble dryer is probably the kitchen appliance that uses the most energy. Hanging out your clothes to dry is the most environmentally friendly choice but when that is not practical, try to follow these bits of advice.
- If your dryer has a sensor cycle, then use it in preference to a timed dry to avoid wasting energy. Otherwise, you might over-dry, which can cause shrinkage and shorten the life span of your clothes.
- A fast spin in the washing machine (“mechanical extraction”) is better at extracting water from wringing wet clothes than a dryer (which simply heats them up) and uses less energy.
- Separate out your clothes after washing and dry similar types together. Lightweight synthetics dry much more quickly than towels and natural fibres so dry them separately.
- Dry to “iron-dry” instead of “cupboard dry” and hang them to finish drying to avoid the need to iron them.
- Don’t add wet items to a partially-dried load.
- Dry loads in quick succession to take advantage of the residual heat in the dryer from the last load.
- Try to line dry towels as they soak up lots of water. Also, try to hang clothes made of synthetic materials in the bathroom as they dry so quickly.
- Clean the dryer filter after use; a clogged filter restricts flow and reduces performance.
- Do dry full loads but do not fully stuff the dryer. Air must be able to circulate around the clothes or they will not dry properly.
S&D Ireland: Domestic Appliance Repairs
At S&D Ireland, our local network of fully qualified repair technicians turn up ready to work with many of the most common replacement parts they might need. We always attempt to fix your domestic appliance on our first visit. Give us a call on a regional number below to find out more about our domestic appliance repair services, or to arrange for your visit from a repair service engineer.
Aintree Domestic Appliance Repairs Call 0151 601 7150
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