Did you know that a dirty and clogged lint screen can increase your dryer’s energy usage by up to 30%? Removing the lint from your dryer after each load will save you a lot of money every year. As well as cleaning the filter after each load, take your vacuum cleaner and vacuum out the lint compartment every few weeks. I know in my dryer there is a lot of lint that collects at the bottom of the container.
I have also read that if you use fabric softener in your laundry you need to scrub your lint screen on a regular basis. I cannot confirm this because I don’t use fabric softener, but the idea makes sense.
The cheapest way to dry your clothes is on a clothes line, but if you need to use your dryer make sure your lint filter is clean!
I did a quick calculation to see how much extra I would spend on drying clothes if I didn’t clean my lint filter regularly.
1 load per day (at $0.20 a load) x 365 days = $73
$73 x 1. 30 (the extra percentage I would be paying for an inefficient dryer) = $94.90
Savings of $21.90 a year. That is a big savings for a small job.
Dryer lint can be used as compost, but I would only use it in flower beds because there is some debate on using lint from synthetic fabrics on plants that produce food.