Pennsylvania Electric: How to Make Your Clothes Dryer More Energy Efficient

by jsgs45 on April 26, 2010

Washing and drying clothes – especially if you have a large family that launders often – can add a hefty amount to your Pennsylvania electricity bill. If you’ve bought a dryer in the last few years, chances are it has the Energy Star label and is already very energy efficient. But, what if there was a way you could make it even more so? Well there is.

The secret is, an energy efficient dryer starts with . . . your washing machine. If you’re scratching your head, read on for an explanation.

The “greenest” way to dry clothing in a dryer (electric or gas) is to make sure that they’re as dry as possible before you put them in the dryer. This way, the dryer uses less energy.

Think about it like this, if you put sopping wet clothing in a dryer – no matter how energy efficient it is – it’s going to take more energy to dry. In contrast, if you use a washer with a good spin cycle that wrings most of the water out of the clothing, then it’s going to take a lot less time to dry them.

So the secret to making your dryer use energy more efficient is to make sure your washer has a good, strong spin cycle.

Now it kinda makes sense that a washer and dryer are a “team,” so to speak, when it comes to home appliances, right?

Want More Energy Savings?

Become an investigator – as in an investigator of your energy plan, that is. There is no reason you should pay a penny more in electricity in Pennsylvania than you have too because the keystone state lets customers choose their energy provider.

However, too many take this “right” for granted. They may, for example, (erroneously) automatically assume that just because all they qualified for before was an expensive prepaid electric service plan that that’s all they’ll qualify for now. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Traditional Pennsylvania electric companies offer consumers many choices. There are programs for credit-challenged individuals, those on fixed incomes, those with low incomes and more.

Ask your current PA electricity supplier about your options. You may be pleasantly surprised at how much you can save.

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