Hang laundry to dry
Your dryer uses about 20% of the total power your appliances consume. Hang-drying saves energy and reduces wear and tear on clothes, which helps them last longer.
Things to think about:
- Machine drying could cause some of your clothes to wear out, lose their shape, shrink, or pill. Air-drying helps keep your clothes looking and feeling like new.
- Heavier items, like jeans, take a long time to air-dry completely. However, hanging them out for a short while before drying can still save you money and help your clothes last longer.
- If you prefer the feel of machine-dried clothes, you can spin them in the dryer for a few minutes to soften them up after you line-dry. This strategy will also reduce heat damage compared to a full cycle on a dryer's high heat setting.
- You can hang your laundry to dry on many items you already have at home without spending any money at all. Besides drying racks, try using hangers — the plastic kind are the best for wet fabrics. You can also improvise an indoor clothesline by securely fastening a rope between pieces of furniture.