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How to Save Energy When Drying Clothes

Adding special dryer balls to your clothes dryer can cut down on the time it takes to dry your clothes. They work to separate the clothes, allowing them to dry quicker, and also claim to eliminate the need for fabric softener sheets.

Another solution is to set the dryer on “air dry” for 10 minutes, then hang your clothes outside or on clothes racks to complete drying. It’s more effort on your part, but it will definitely cut down on your energy costs and also extend the life of your dryer.

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It’s no secret that you’ll save money and energy by using appliances less often, but it’s hard to give up certain conveniences, like your clothes dryer. But here’s a trick that will help cut down on the time it takes to dry your clothes. These are dryer balls and, adding them to the dryer load is like adding little pockets of air. It will help separate the clothes allowing them to dry quicker and also claims to eliminate the need for fabric softener sheets. Some people will also use tennis balls, although I’ve heard they may create a burnt rubber smell. One other solution is to set the dryer on “Air Dry” for just 10 minutes, then hang your clothes outside or on clothes racks to complete drying. It’s more effort on your part, but it will definitely cut down on your energy costs and also extend the life of your dryer.


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    Thomas Boni Says:
    June 27th, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Thanks for adding to the conversation, Jack! Great tips.



  • Jack Says:
    June 22nd, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Two additional tips:

    1. Place a clean, dry towel (or two) in the dryer. It will absorb moisture from the wet clothes as they dry, and help dissipate it. This is far more effective they “dryer balls”. I keep a couple of old bath towels near my dryer just for this.

    2. Always use a low temperature setting to dry. (Such as delicate.) It will take quite a bit longer, but use far less energy. Don’t be concerned about wearing out your fabrics from tumbling them longer, because the lower heat will help them last. Heat is far more damaging than a extra tumbling. That’s also a good reason not to use hot water to wash them. You want to use water warmer than body temperature to help liquify body oils so they can be washed away, but not so hot that it sets in stains and damages fabrics.



  • sandy Says:
    May 2nd, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    I heard wool balls are very good in the dryer also..roll some wool yard around in a ball and put them in the dryer so they shrink then you can use them in the dryer..same effect as the above.



  • Tom Says:
    April 2nd, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Periodically clean your lint screen in the dishwasher. It gathers oily stuff from the dryer sheets and deposits it on the screen, thus limiting space for air flowing through. Try a little water under the faucet on the screen, if it beads up your screen needs cleaning.



  • Lynn Curry Says:
    April 1st, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    I have an old towel, that I keep in the dryer, it cuts the time to dry way down. Now it is soft as a baby blanket.



  • Laura Burks Says:
    December 24th, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Wool dryer balls are a more environmentally friendly choice for dryer balls and energy savings! Check them out 🙂


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How to Save Energy When Drying Clothes