Dry clothes naturally this winter

July 2011

Clothes dryers are being used more often these days, particularly in winter when it’s still possible to dry your laundry for free.

Ausgrid’s energy efficiency expert, Paul Myors said despite the cooler temperatures Australia is lucky enough to have plenty of dry wind and sunlight in winter to dry our laundry naturally.

But even in wet weather, clothes can dry effectively indoors on a clothes horse, on a line under the veranda or in the garage.

Clothes dryers are big energy users costing 90 cents per cycle for a 5 kilogram dryer with a 2.5 star rating.

This can add as much as $180 on energy bills per year if used to dry up to four loads per week.

And now people living in apartments also have the chance to use clothes dryers less.

A change to strata by-laws by the Department of Fair Trading last year means people living in apartments can now save money by drying laundry on their balcony.

The new by-laws that need to be adopted by strata schemes will allow apartment residents to dry their washing on balconies, provided it is not visible from the street.

This helps reduce energy bills and makes good environmental sense by removing up to 800 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

If you must use a dryer, never put dripping wet clothes in it – always spin dry them first and if you have a smart meter with time-of-use pricing, try using it only in off-peak periods.

Find more information on how to save in your laundry.

 Clothes dryers are big energy users costing 90 cents per cycle