How to dry full loads of similar items
- After washing your clothes, divide them into different piles by fabric-type. Heavier items such as coats should be grouped separately from lighter items such as summer clothes and underwear.
- Make sure each pile contains enough clothes to be considered a full load. But don't overfill your machine--there needs to be enough room for air to circulate.
- Load the first pile into the dryer and dry normally, using your dryer's moisture sensor and perma-press cycle whenever possible.
- To save even more energy, hang your laundry on a clothes line to get them mostly dry. When they are still a little damp, follow points one and two above to give them a quick fluff and final dry.
Drying full loads of similar items helps you go green because
- It saves energy, which will reduce the amount of CO2 emitted with each load of laundry.
When running, a dryer uses the same amount of energy regardless of load size. Therefore, it is more efficient to dry full rather than partial loads of laundry.
- California Energy Commission - Consumer Energy Center: Clothes Dryers
- Consumer Reports - Get the most from your dryer
- World Wise - Clothes Dryers