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Energy-saving tumble drying tips

by Adrian Porter Back to advice guides

Discover the cheapest and most expensive-to-run tumble dryers - and how much you're paying to power yours

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Tumble dryer energy ratings range from A+++ for a really efficient heat-pump condenser model right down to G for a proper energy guzzler. Most tumble dryers have an official C-class energy rating - but energy use between models with the same rating can still vary by around a third. A washing line is far better for your electricity bill, but an A-rated dryer will cost you around half as much to run as a C-rated dryer.

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What are the most energy-efficient types of dryer?

The most energy-efficient tumble dryers on the market are gas-vented dryers and condenser dryers with heat pumps. 

The most energy-efficient tumble dryers cost as little as £30 a year to run

Both these types of dryer have running costs of as little as £30 a year, while regular condenser and vented dryers have typical running costs of just under £100 a year.

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Thrifty tumble-drying tips

  • Choose a more efficient tumble dryer to keep your bills down.
  • Try to fit the maximum load in your tumble dryer every time.
  • Use a high spin speed on your washing machine to make your washing as dry as possible before using your tumble dryer.
  • Clean the lint filter every time you use the machine - a blocked filter prevents the hot air from circulating freely, so clothes take longer to dry.
  • Position your dryer in a well-ventilated room to stop the tumble dryer from overheating.
  • Dry clothes for ironing together with other clothes - start the load on an iron-dry setting, remove the clothes that need ironing, and then put the rest on a cupboard-dry program.
  • Make the most of good weather by drying your clothes outside and leaving the tumble dryer switched off.
  • Fasten duvet covers to stop small items getting trapped inside the cover and staying damp.
  • Untangle everything between taking it out of your washing machine and putting it in your dryer - large knots of washing take longer to dry.