How to Use Your Clothes Dryer More Efficiently

 

Clothes dryers are one of the most helpful and essential household appliances one can own. However, when used regularly, they can consume a significant amount of energy which reflects on your monthly electric bill. How can you continue to use your handy clothes dryer and conserve energy while using it? Below are some tips you can apply to more efficiently use your clothes dryer.

Regularly remove lint from your dryer

Since clothes dryers work with heat and high humidity, garment lint will naturally accumulate in certain spots of your dryer. You need to regularly clean the lint out. Some drying units have a lint trap which conveniently “catches” and collects lint in a fine mesh. This allows you easy clean up by using a lint vacuum. It is advisable to do this regularly because clogged lint traps negatively affect your clothes dryer’s airflow, which results in higher energy consumption. In addition, accumulated lint can be a fire hazard.

Check the distance and placement of your clothes dryer’s exhaust duct hose

Too often, you will find household clothes dryers that are positioned too close to the wall. This limits the space for the dryer’s flexible exhaust duct hose, making it bend sharply near the back of the dryer. This can be a serious fire hazard because airflow is significantly slowed down in the bent area of the hose and lint can accumulate in that same spot. This slowing of exhaust airflow and lint buildup translates to increased energy consumption.

What you can do is purchase a dryer-to-duct connector, which eliminates bending or curving of the flexible exhaust duct hose. Another item you can buy to replace your flexible exhaust duct hose is a rigid metal alternative. The idea behind it is to avoid affecting airflow and lint buildup. These devices may incur you some costs at the start, but they will definitely generate electricity savings in the long run.

Protect your dryer’s exhaust ducts from critters and moisture

When your clothes dryer’s exhaust duct is kept open, critters and rodents can go inside your appliance. Those pests can leave their biological wastes inside your dryers and can mess with the electrical wiring found underneath your drying unit. These can likewise contribute to higher energy consumption. For prevention, you can purchase dryer vent kits from your regular hardware stores and attach them to the end of your dryer’s exhaust duct hose. These gadgets provide protective covers, meshes, and louvers that protect your dryer unit from outside elements such as insects, mice, and other nasty critters.

Another thing that you must consider is possible moisture buildup that can occur especially during winter season. Using this same suggested contraption, the protective cover also keeps temperature steady and stable even during the coldest of winters, avoiding any moisture buildup that can negatively affect the energy consumption of your clothes dryer.

Keeping your clothes dryer working efficiently is not as difficult as it sounds. If you follow the tips suggested above, you will definitely enjoy savings on your electricity bill as well as the extended life of your appliance.

 

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Four Ways to Conserve Energy and Electricity at Home

Everyone is always trying to find ways to conserve Electricity, especially at home. Using electricity without taking necessary steps to conserve it will lead to massive electricity bills that will cost a lot of money. Being mindful of your energy consumption is very important in today’s world and is essential to saving a lot of money. Here are some ways to help you in conserving your electricity at home.

  1. Natural Lighting

We all have lights at home, and one way of conserving them is, of course by not using them often. Natural lighting is a big help here. Usually, we tend to close the blinds and curtains then flip the switch instead of doing this, try let natural light shine in and brighten up the room. Unless you need focused light for doing a specific task.

Look for the brightest room in your house and make that your family’s main area during the day. Consider the sun’s place during the morning and afternoon usually the room that faces the sun during those hours are the brightest.

Use light-colored curtains to welcome the light in but also give you privacy in your house. Finding covers that are light-colored but not see-through can let filtered light in and still protect your family’s privacy inside the house.

  1. Unplug Everything

That means your appliances and electronics. These devices continue to sap electricity while plugged in even if they are not in use or their switches are turned off. Plugging off electronic devices and appliances are a good habit to start if you want to conserve energy around your house, but of course, that doesn’t mean you should plug off anyone’s life support.

Unplug your TVs, radios, speakers and other devices after use. This saves a lot of money.

Don’t forget other appliances like phone chargers, electric fans, and toasters. These take up very little energy but can help you save a lot of energy over time.

  1. Use Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

Use compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) or LED bulbs. These bulbs are more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs. New bulbs like this come in different styles and shapes that can also add uniqueness to your home while still being efficient and costs less electricity.

CFLs use only a fraction of the energy incandescent bulbs which makes it very ideal if you are looking to save on your electricity bills. Be very careful in disposing of these bulbs since they have a small amount of mercury inside.

LED bulbs are a bit more expensive than CFLs but are much more long-lasting and don’t contain any mercury. Some bulbs even have multi-colored and dimmable variants that allow you to customize your house.

  1. Heating and Cooling

Use your air conditioner as rare as possible. It very tempting to overuse this appliance especially during the summer but this comes at a great electrical cost. Try alternatives that will make you stay cool during the summer than just the air conditioner. Setting the thermostat a few degrees lower during the winter also saves a lot of energy and money you can try doing some other alternatives to keep yourself warm in the winter.

 

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Five Easy Ways to Cut-Back Energy at Home

At present, each one of us is affected by Global Warming. Simply defined, Global Warming is the rise of the world’s temperature.  This is due to an upsurge of various gases like Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere. As common citizens, what can we contribute to reducing this global issue? For one, a simple step like conserving energy at home will go a long way.

   

Here are five easy ways to cut-back energy at home:

 

  1. Lower your cooling and heating bill

Do you want free heat? Open your windows during the day to bring in the sun. Make use of your comfortable blanket, warm socks, and a snug sweater rather than using the heater. During the night, turn down your thermostat and put into use those warm comforters on your bed. Meanwhile, using a ceiling fan will likewise bring significant airflow into the room. Remember to schedule a maintenance check of your cooling and heating system to maximize their proper use.

  1. Lessen your use of water heater

One smart way to save energy is to wash laundry using cold water. Another smart way is to shorten your showers. Are you fond of taking those 30-minute showers? Save water and reduce it to at least 10 or 15 minutes as a start. You might want to check if you are using an efficient water heater. If you are not, consider using a tankless hot water heater that is at best an energy saver. 

  1. Maximize your washer and dryer use

Check if your current machine is an energy efficient washer. A standard washing machine uses up to 40 gallons of water per load, but an energy efficient one can use a minimal 8 – 25 gallons of water per load. Keep in mind to maintain a laundry routine. You can dry several loads using a freshly heated dryer. Don’t forget to segregate your clothes and make sure to dry the same type of garments at the same time. Another natural option for drying clothes is line drying. If you have enough space for line drying, place a dryer rack outside and let your clothes dry under the sun. 

  1. Use lights as needed

As mentioned in the previous items, check if you are using energy-efficient lighting. If not, buy lights with the energy saving logos. Convert to compact fluorescent light bulbs or LED lights which use 75% less energy. At home, make it a habit of turning on lights as needed. 

  1. Make your refrigerator energy efficient

Keep up with the proper maintenance of your refrigerator. This will allow longer use of the appliance and result in energy efficiency. At home, check if your appliance is set to the correct temperature. Setting it a bit high or low will both result in a hefty energy bill. To make it energy efficient, remember to keep it full. When it’s full, there will be little air to cool but remember to avoid overfilling.

These simple steps that you can do at home will be a huge help in reducing your carbon footprint. In reducing this, you are minimizing Carbon Dioxide emitted in our atmosphere. Hence, decrease in pollution. Bear in mind that saving our planet is both a personal and social responsibility.

 

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