The "green" movement is growing stronger every day, and there's another easy way to 'go green' in your home - in the laundry room! The best ways to save energy and money and protect the environment, is, of course, to handwash your clothes in an earth-friendly laundry soap and then hang them to dry on your clothes line. And when you're done doing that, you can harvest your wheat, process it and make bread. Seriously.
What's a person to do that does make sense in our crazy, never-stop world? First, wash in cold water when you can and make sure you wash full loads whenever possible.
Also, another big energy-saving tip -- have your dryer vent cleaned! You probably clean the lint screen each time, but did you know that lots of lint gets by that screen and gets caught in your dryer vent? This lint is, most importantly, a fire hazard and should be removed. But it also makes your dryer work harder to move all that moisture from your wet clothes to the outside of your home, which adds more dryer time. One last place to check is the flap on the outside. It can also clog with lint and slow down drying.
The dryer is one of the highest energy consumers in your home, so it makes sense to ensure your dryer vent system is as safe and efficient as possible. Start with an inspection of your dryer vent system by a professional to ensure the material used is code-compliant and be sure to have your dryer vent system cleaned yearly.