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Tumble Dryers

Learn how to reduce Climate Change by using Energy and Water Efficient Tumble Dryers.

Taking steps to dry your clothes more efficiently will help save energy and money:

  • when possible dry your clothes outside or on a clothes rack instead of using a tumble dryer
  • if you are using the dryer, try to make sure you fill it each time, rather than putting on a number of small loads

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Look for the label

When buying a new appliance, there are two key energy labels to look out for:

  • the Energy Saving Recommended logo can only be used on the most energy efficient products, usually the top 20 per cent (of those available)
  • the EU energy label is now obligatory for all white goods and ovens in the UK; it grades products from A (best) to G (worst) for energy use (the scale now goes up to A for fridges and freezers)

You could also look at how water-efficient a new appliance is - as a rule, the more energy efficient a machine is, the less water it will use. EU energy labels show litres of water used per wash.

  • when choosing a washing machine, a good guide is to look for a machine that uses less than 50 litres per wash
  • for dishwashers, try looking for one that uses less than 15 litres per wash

Top energy efficiency tips for your tumble dryer

(from our friends at e-spares)

It won’t surprise anyone to learn that tumble dryers can use quite a lot of energy. But hanging your clothes out on the line just isn’t possible when it’s raining or during the winter months. However, there are some steps you can take to increase the efficiency of your tumble dryer, making it more environmentally friendly and hopefully decreasing your energy bills at the same time.

1. If your clothes still feel wetter than they should at the end of the wash, put them back into the washing machine on the spin cycle at highest speed to get rid of that excess moisture.

2. Clean your lint filters religiously. If the filters are blocked then the motor will need to work harder to push the air through the dryer and your clothes will take longer to dry. It’s also worth occasionally vacuuming out the lint filter cavity using your vacuum’s crevice tool.

3. If you have a vented dryer, you should check your vent hose for lint build-up too. A blocked vent hose will likewise put more pressure on the motor.

4. When loading the dryer, untangle clothes and bedding as you go. Compacted fabrics will take longer to dry.

5. Don’t overload your tumble dryer. Putting too much fabric in at once not only reduces the efficiency, it can also cause undue wear and tear on the machine. It will also increase the time spent ironing to get the wrinkles out.

6. Use energy saving dryer balls - they can reduce drying time by up to 25%.

7. Sort your laundry by fabric type and use the appropriate heat setting for each. Delicate items should be dried at a much lower temperature and for a shorter amount of time than items like denim. If you sort your laundry, not only will your drying time be shorter but your clothes should last longer.

If your tumble dryer needs fixing, we’ve got some great videos that show you how to get your dryer working again. See all dryer videos »

Dispose of old appliances safely

It′s important to recycle your old appliances. Dumping old machines can lead to harmful chemicals escaping and causing pollution. What you can do with them:

  • many of the major stores will take away your old appliance when they install a new one - ask if they will do this when you buy
  • councils have to collect unwanted white goods from householders
  • you can take your old appliances to the local tip for free
  • Disposal of bulky items