Let the sun do the drying for you

January 2014

In the middle of summer it’s a good idea make use of the sunshine and warm winds, so why not banish the clothes dryer to help save on power bills.

Ausgrid’s energy efficiency expert, Paul Myors said clothes dryers were 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.

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.

Using the sun to dry you clothes washing helps reduce energy bills and makes good environmental sense by removing up to 800 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

Remember, even in wet weather, clothes can dry well on a clothes horse or on a line – indoors, under the veranda or in the garage.

But 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.

Let the sun dry your clothes