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Energy Tip #20: Lint be gone
Sometimes in life, if you try to dress up something that just isn’t “all that,” you end up fooling nobody. So this week’s tip — straighten and clean the air ducts on your dryer — isn’t going to get sexified. Maybe straightening and cleaning your air ducts seems like a hassle, but sometimes small, inconvenient steps can have a measurable impact. This is one of those times.
You should clean your clothes dryer ducts twice a year. The dryer is one of the most energy-intensive appliances in your house, and clogged ducts cause it to work even harder. You’ll need some specialized equipment for this one:
- Start by removing the ducting from the rear of your dryer and from the wall vent.
- Take the ducting outside to safe area. Make sure you have safety glasses on.
- Insert the nozzle of a pressure washer into the ducting. Hold on to the ducting with one hand and deliver a few short bursts of water. If you don’t have a pressure washer you can get most of the way there with a shop style wet/dry vacuum cleaner.
- Let dry and reinstall.
This project, along with cleaning out the lint on in your dryer’s filter, will help you save at least $3/month. In addition, you will be saving roughly 200 lbs of carbon. So clean your air filter, have a Happy Thanksgiving and we’ll be back with more tips next week.
Last week 69 people pledged to regulate their home temperature by adjusting or installing a thermostat (Tip #19). At about 4,113 lbs of CO2 per pledge, we can anticipate a reduction of roughly 283,728 pounds of CO2.