Drying clothes has to be one of the biggest energy sucks in the whole house. I live in a neighborhood where clothes lines are a no-no, so my dryer and I have to learn to work together.
One way to significantly cut down on drying time is to toss a super absorbent DRY towel into the dryer along with the wet clothes. The towel will absorb a lot of the excess moisture. The key is to remove the towel about 15 minutes into the drying time, though, or it will redistribute the moisture as it drys. Having one towel just for this purpose in the laundry room works pretty well. Then, you can hang the towel on a hanger and allow it to dry before you need it for the next batch of laundry.
Want to save even more money? Try making your own laundry detergent. Here are my favorite recipes:
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