Every consumer likes the idea of saving electricity. Not only is it good for the environment, but good for our pocket books. Since some of the largest consumers of electricity in your home are the appliances this is a good place to start. Needless to say, if you have not inspected your appliance in a while, then they are most likely consuming even more electricity. If a bit of maintenance is order, then www.partselect.com is a great place to start. The following is a collection of tips about how to save electricity while using your electric clothes dryer.
1 Clean filter.
Cleaning the dryer lint filter after every load is probably the simplest way to save energy. Even a small amount of lint on the filter can restrict the airflow, which causes the dryer to compensate by running longer.
2 Auto Heat.
If your dryer has an Auto Cycle learn how to use it properly. The auto cycle compensates for the size and type of fabric that is being dried. Energy is saved because the drying time will be adjusted to insure the clothes come out dry in the least amount of time. If unsure about proper useage of this timer selection see your owners manual. Although it is simple to use, it is also one of the most misunderstood cycles on your clothes dryer.
3 Clean venting.
The dryer venting should be cleaned every year. Lower the venting and clean out any lint buildup. Also clean the venting cap that direct the airflow outside. Lint will collect in the cap, as well as the outside louvers that open and close whenever the dryer operates.
4 Anti static sheets.
If too many are used in the dryer at one time they can block the lint filter. This restricts airflow and causes the dryer to overwork and run too long. Remove the old ones from the dryer before adding any new ones.
5 Switch to front load washer.
When it’s time to replace the washer consider a front loader. They spin at a high speed, which removes a lot more moisture than the top load style. This means less time required to dry the clothes. The standard drying time of 60 minutes drops to 30 minutes when a front load washer is used.
6 Door seal.
If large amounts of lint are present at the door deal after every load then consider a new door seal. Air and heat may be leaking past the door seal.
7 Lint filter housing.
The housing that holds the lint filter can become coated with old lint. This restricts airflow and wastes energy. Remove filter (first disconnect dryer from electricity, or turn off breakers) and use a vacuum cleaner or narrow brush to remove any lint buildup at this location.
8 Variable electrical rates.
If your electricity provider charges less at certain times during the day consider changing your drying time to the less expensive periods. Most companies charge lower rates after 8:00 pm. By simply doing your household drying after this time of night the savings can be substantial. But, as a safety issue, don’t operate the dryer while you are out of the house or asleep.
Clothes dryers begin their life energy efficient. But, as they age their efficiency can drop off drastically. Be aware that to maintain their efficiency these machines may require some basic maintenance. Therefore if the clothes come out damp, or the machine becomes noisy, seek professional help. As a homeowner the best thing you can do save energy is follow the tips above and keep the machine as lint free as possible.
About The Author:Donald Grummett has been in the trade over 30 years as a technician, business owner, and technical trainer. Visit http://www.mgservices.ca to learn more invaluable information about your appliances.