As the weather continues to get cooler (and certainly a lot wetter), there are some items in our laundry for which we use the tumble-dryer. These are notably things like towels, which would otherwise take a long time to dry.
Tumble drying isn’t energy efficient
Now, I know that the tumble dryer uses a lot of energy so it’s an expensive way to dry our laundry. Indeed, I certainly don’t tumble dry clothes because it’s too wearing on the fabric. I discuss the other methods of drying we use here.
Ways to combat downsides of tumble drying
To offset the energy-efficiency issue, we only dry during the hours when our electricity is at its cheapest rate. We have a tariff, which offers a reduced rate at off-peak times (according to where we live).
To improve the tumble-drying process, we bought some wool dryer balls. These are not only reusable, but they save 15-30% drying time, thus saving energy too.
These 100% New Zealand Wool eco-friendly balls tumble in the dryer, along with the laundry, pulling excess water out of the items to reduce drying time.
These are also gentle on the skin, as they contain nothing but pure wool (we never use fabric conditioner).
They work in two ways:
- They absorb some of the water, thus taking the water out of the items to be dried.
- They help separate the items in the dryer, creating pockets of air so that the items don’t clump together.
From New Zealand?
I looked for a UK-made version online, but haven’t found one yet. Maybe there is one, in which case it would be good to know.
In the meantime, we continue to use these balls, which certainly give the weekly washing a bit more bounce!
Just don’t let the dog anywhere near…
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