When shopping for a new clothes dryer, look for one with a moisture sensor that automatically shuts off the machine when your clothes are dry. Not only will this save energy, it will save the wear and tear on your clothes caused by over-drying.
You can increase your dryer’s efficiency by cleaning the lint trap with a toothbrush monthly, especially if you use dryer sheets. It’s also an important safety measure to prevent lint build-up and air blockage that can lead to home fires.
Inspect your dryer vent from time to time to make sure it isn’t blocked. This will save energy and may prevent a fire. Manufacturers recommend using rigid venting material, not plastic vents that may collapse and cause blockages.
Choosing the right high efficiency washing machine in combination with your dryer in very important.
Make sure the high efficiency washing machine you choose has a variety of spin options. Setting it on a high spin speed or extended spin option will reduce the amount of remaining moisture, thus starting the drying process before you put your clothes in the dryer.
Use the cool-down part of cycles to allow the clothes to finish drying with the residual heat in the dryer in warmer months.