Use your dryer more efficiently
By drying full loads of laundry and using the permanent press setting, you can increase the efficiency of your dryer and decrease your carbon footprint.
No matter what type of dryer you own, you can decrease the amount of energy you use on laundry day by drying full loads of similar items and using the permanent press setting.
How to use your dryer more efficiently
- Dry similar items together. Lighter, synthetic fabrics dry more quickly than heavier fabrics, such as jeans and towels. If different fabric types are combined in the same load, lighter pieces will dry sooner, after which they'll be tossed around in hot air unnecessarily. Over-drying wastes energy and increases energy costs. Conserve energy by dividing your laundry loads by similar fabric type and drying only like fabrics together. For example, jeans and towels are heavy and could be grouped together, but should not be included in a load of light sleepwear or summer clothes.
- Dry full loads 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. Make sure each load you throw in the dryer contains enough clothing to be considered a full load, but don't overfill your machine — there needs to be enough room for air to circulate.
- Use the permanent press setting. The permanent press cycle — also known as the cool-down, perm-press, or perma-press cycle — uses cool air, rather than heated air, for the last few minutes of a drying cycle. Because the dryer is not heating the air, it uses less energy than full-heat settings, reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. An added benefit to choosing the perma-press cycle: since less heat is used, the amount of wear-and-tear on clothes is reduced.
Using your dryer more efficiently helps you go green because
- The dryer uses less energy, therefore creating fewer CO2 emissions.
According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA)
, the average household dryer consumes 1,079 kilowatt hours per year, which amounts to 2,224 pounds of CO2
. Reducing the amount of energy needed to operate the dryer decreases the amount of CO2
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