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Dryertips.com aims to show that one of the easiest ways to save money in your household is to adopt energy efficient habits. One area where you can implement simple changes that can save over $100 a year is with your clothes dryer.

While a dryer is a quite convenient appliance, it’s also a fairly expensive appliance to use. Most electric clothes dryers use roughly 5000 watts (5 kilowatts) of energy which is more than most central air conditioners use. If you dry an average of a load of laundry a day, you will spend roughly $150 to $200 a year to dry your clothes.

The best saving advice is to just not use your dryer at all. Hanging clothes on a clothes line may seem old fashioned, but it gets the job done and doesn’t cost a cent in energy costs. There are even convenient clip hangers or indoor drying racks that you can get at most discount stores which allow you to dry your clothes indoors if your neighborhood or housing association has regulations that forbid you to dry your clothes outdoors.

If you do have to use your dryer, there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the cost of using the dryer.

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