With a hot and dry summer finally among us, your clothes dryer should be gathering dust in the laundry, helping you save more than $100 a year on power bills.
Ausgrid’s energy efficiency expert, Paul Myors said Australia is lucky enough to have plenty of sunlight and wind throughout the year to dry our washing naturally.
But even in wet weather, clothes can dry well on a clothes horse or on a line – indoors, under the veranda or in the garage.
Clothes dryers are big energy users costing about $1 per cycle for a 5 kilogram dryer with a 2.5 star rating.
This can add as much as $150 to energy bills per year if used three times a week.
The good news for people living in apartments is that a change to strata by-laws by the Department of Fair Trading means they can now save money by drying laundry on their balcony.
The new by-laws will allow apartment residents to dry their washing on balconies, provided it is not visible from the street, but they need to first be adopted by strata schemes.
This helps reduce energy bills and makes good environmental sense by removing up to 800 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
Remember, if you must use a dryer, never put dripping wet clothes in it – always spin dry them first.
If you’re in the market for a new clothes dryer or want to know how much energy yours consumes, visit Ausgrid’s Appliance Search Tool.