Ahh… laundry day. It’s looming in the MGG household and it happens to be one of my least favorite of mom-duties. (I’m fine with the washing/drying part but I deeply dislike the putting-away part!)
Anyhow, I digress… so, today I just want to share one little tidbit about how to be a bit more energy efficient with the duty, aside from the long list of ways to green your laundry that I’ve shared in the past.
- Fact: The average American household spends $150 in energy consumption each year to simply dry their laundry.
- Fact: ONE SIMPLE way to avoid 30% excess usage of energy – CLEAN YOUR LINT TRAP!
Yes, that’s it! That pesky, yet necessary, lint trap can actually dramatically increase the energy usage of your dryer. The screen should be checked and cleaned after every load.
You should also occasionally “deep clean” the screen, the trap and the tubing. Scrub the screen with a soft brush, mild soap and water (because there is build-up, I assure you, even if you’ve removed the fuzzy!). Use your vacuum cleaner extension tool or long skinny brush to give a good cleaning inside the trap area. And don’t forget the vent tube… remove it from the back of the dryer and clean out any lint or obstruction. After you’ve done this, run the dryer on air fluff for about 10 minutes to clear out anything that remains.
You’ll be amazed at the decrease in drying time after you’ve done this simple task… and you will use less energy as a result. Now, I’ll make you a deal… I’ll do the “task” if you do my laundry!
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