There are many ways to save money when using both your washing machine and dryer which everybody should be attempting to do when possible. One of my favorite simple tricks to save money that doesn’t cost a cent and takes less than a minute to do is to place a dry towel into the dryer with all my clothes. I actually have a towel that I use exclusively for this purpose which I simply leave inside the dryer all the time so that I don’t even have to think about placing it in. This simple step saves about 10% on the drying time of clothes and thus 10% of the energy cost to run the dryer. For those who are willing to spend a little bit of money, you may want to consider investing in Woolzies.
Much like placing a towel inside the dryer to reduce the amount of time it takes to dry your clothes, Woolzies have the same effect, and can reduce the drying time up to 25%. That means that you’re spending 25% less electricity on every load placed into the dryer. Woolzies also have the advantage that they replace the need for both dryer sheets and fabric softener. Being made of New Zealand wool, they are environmentally friendly, and they also reduce the amount of wrinkles which can save both time and the money needed for the electricity to run an iron. Best of all, they can be used time and time again.
The time it will take for Woolzies to pay for themselves depends a great deal on how often you dry clothes and what they can replace that you usually use when drying clothes. If you do several dryer loads a week and currently use both fabric softener and dryer sheets, Woolzies can pay for themselves in a matter of months. Even for those that do laundry far less, they still should save more money than you pay for them within a year.