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4 Energy Conservation Techniques For Your Clothes Dryer

Posted by Scott Ranck on Sep 3, 2014 2:26:00 PM

 I remember as a child my mom hanging clothes out in the backyard on a clothes line. These days, most American homes come with a clothes dryer. Clothes dryers are more convenient, work faster, and some may argue that they will keep the clothes cleaner and less wrinkled.
I will offer a few tips as to how to get the most from your clothes dryer and then compare natural gas clothes drying to electric clothes drying.

First, let’s consider a few energy conservation techniques:
1)  Clean your lint screen after every use. This allows better air
     flow, quicker drying.
2)  Periodically, make sure your dryer vent is not kinked or     
     clogged with lint. A clogged vent can hinder drying and also
     become a fire hazard.

3)  As much as possible, always dry a full load.

4)  When doing more than one load, do them immediately after
     each other to benefit from an already hot dryer.
Clothes Dryer

The two most common types of dryers used are either natural gas or electric

Natural gas dryers use 30,000 BTUs of gas per hour costing approximately $.35-40 per hour of operation.

Electric dryers use 5,500 watts or 5.5 kilowatts per hour or approximately $.60-.68 per hour of operation.
Natural gas dryers operate at a slightly warmer temperature and dry clothes in less time.

Comparing apples to apples, the cost to buy a dryer is slightly higher for a gas dryer but usually within $50 of its electric counterpart.
Florida’s investor-owned natural gas utilities offer a conservation rebate for installing a natural gas dryer for the first time or even as a replacement for an older dryer. Contact your natural gas utility for details.
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Topics: Energy Conservation, Residential, Natural Gas, Energy Efficiency

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