Ditch the dryer and soak up the sun

March 2015

Warm, sunny days are hanging around so make the most of them and dry your clothes outside.

Ausgrid’s energy efficiency team said that if you used a clothes dryer regularly three times a week, it could potentially add up to $150 a year.

Clothes dryers cost about $1 per cycle for a five kilogram dryer with a 2.5 star rating, they could also add about 800 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

Sunshine and warm winds are free and even if the weather turns, clothes can dry well on a clothes horse or clothes-line indoors, under the verandah or in the garage.

If you live in an apartment, check your strata scheme, but you should be able to dry your washing on balconies, provided it is not visible from the street.

If you must use a dryer, never put dripping wet clothes in it – always spin dry them first.

Don’t forget that if you are on time of use tariffs, you can save money by running your dryer during off peak and shoulder times when compared to peak times.


Let the sun dry your clothes