Hang laundry to dry
A typical clothes dryer uses up to four times more energy than a new clothes washer. Hang-drying laundry saves energy and reduces wear and tear on clothes, which helps them last longer.
Things to think about:
- Machine drying could cause some of your clothes to lose their shape, shrink, or pill. Air drying helps keep your clothes looking and feeling like new.
- Heavier items, like jeans, take a long time to air dry completely. However, hanging them out for a short while before drying can still save you money and help your clothes last longer.
- If you prefer the feel of machine-dried clothes, you can spin them in the dryer for a few minutes to soften them up after you line-dry. This strategy will also reduce heat damage compared to a full cycle on a dryer's high heat setting.
What to look for: Indoor drying racks are convenient, especially if outdoor line drying is restricted in your community or when the weather isn't suitable for outdoor drying.