Thinking Green

Removing Dryer Lint Saves Energy

By: Danny Lipford

A dirty lint filter in your clothes dryer can cause it to use up to 30% more energy to dry your clothes and it’s a potential fire hazard as well. In addition to cleaning after every use, wash the screen in warm soapy water twice a year, and dry it completely before replacing it.

Video Transcript

This is one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen. This is modeling clay made from dryer lint. Someone really had to have a lot of free time on their hands to figure this out. Of course, I guess it provides yet another incentive to clean the dryer lint out, because it can use up to 30% more energy with a dirty lint screen. It’s also a potential fire hazard. But here’s something you might not know. Certain kinds of fabric softener sheets will cause a thin film to form on the lint screen which will restrict the air from properly exhausting. So, in addition to cleaning the lint out after each use…twice a year, remove the lint screen, wash it in warm soapy water and dry it completely before replacing it. You’ll save energy and have a clean batch of lint for your next clay project.


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Removing Dryer Lint Saves Energy