Tumble dryers are an incredibly convenient way of drying bedding, towels and clothes, but the heat they use to dry laundry costs money.
With energy prices rising, we're all trying to be economical where we can.
We run through our top tips and tricks to help you reduce the cost of drying your clothes.
Selecting a quick spin cycle on your washing machine before tumble drying will drain more excess water from your clothes.
Washing machine spin cycles cost less to run than tumble drying, and the dryer will then need to run for less time to dry your clothes.
Mixed loads make your dryer run for longer.
Lots of smaller loads of different clothes types also means higher running costs.
Fewer and fuller loads of separate clothes types are best if you can manage that.
Select the program that most accurately fits the load you're drying to avoid overly dry clothes or a damp pile that needs to go round again.
Most modern tumble dryers have sensors that will finish the program automatically when they detect that the clothes inside are dry.
However, we've found that some sensors aren't very accurate. Some will make the dryer finish the program with clothes still damp, which will cut out any cost savings.
The lint filter collects the fluff that comes off your clothes. If it gets blocked, hot air in the dryer won't be able to circulate freely.
This makes the dryer work harder than it needs to and will cost you more.
Letting your lint filter clog up with fluff could also pose a safety risk as a fluff-filled lint filter could potentially become flammable.
So, clean your filter after every use to keep your dryer efficient and safe.
Drying will take much longer if you put your laundry straight in the tumble dryer without untangling it.
Doing up buttons or poppers on your duvet covers will also prevent small items from getting trapped inside the cover and staying damp.
But bear in mind that cheap tumble dryers are likely to be vented or condenser models, which may be cheaper to buy but not the cheapest to run.
You'll need to look elsewhere to find the most energy efficient tumble dryers.
You could find yourself spending as little as £26 a year running a heat pump dryer.
It's worth nothing that heat pump tumble dryers usually cost more to buy than vented or condenser dryers.
We've crunched the numbers and found that, on average, it will take you five to six years to recoup the extra money you spent through cheaper running costs. After that, you'll be saving around £58 a year on bills.
Heat pump tumble dryers use a heat exchanger to take the steam produced during the drying process and turn it back into water - so it doesn't steam up your house and the water can be used again to help dry your clothes.
Vents in the heat exchanger can become caked in fluff and hair, so regularly cleaning it helps it to function more efficiently.
Check your instructions or the manufacturer's website for how to do it. Cleaning it should be a monthly task.
Cold, damp and poorly ventilated rooms will make work harder for your dryer.
So if you can, make sure to place your tumble dryer somewhere warm, dry and well ventilated.