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It seems difficult to believe that ENERGY STAR hasn’t rated clothes dryers. But, amazingly, it seems that most dryers use similar amounts of energy. That’s why they aren’t rated.

But that doesn’t mean that you can’t reduce the energy that your clothes dryer uses. Au contraire! If you use the moisture sensor option on your dryer, your machine will automatically shut off when the clothes are dry. You may find one or two heavier items that are still damp, but, if you aren’t planning on wearing those items immediately, you can always hang those up to eliminate that last bit of dampness.

Use the new fangled spin options on your washing machine to increase the speed of the spin cycle or to extend the length of time that the spin takes in order to begin the drying process before you put your clothes into the dryer.

Even if you don’t have a new machine that offers such options, you may find that a particular load is damper than usual. This is often due to the fact that you didn’t load the washing machine properly by balancing the load all around the tub. This is the time when you might want to return to the final spin cycle and rerun it.

Of course, you can always opt to air dry your clothes! If you have used softener in the wash cycle, you may be able to hang things like sheets, towels, underwear on a line outside to impart that unmistakable smell of sunshine and fresh air.

One final piece of advice about dryers is that you don’t have to replace a working dryer. But, if yours is broken, finding one with a moisture sensor is a great idea.

To learn more about clothes dryers and energy efficiency, please visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s tips on energy efficient laundry.

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