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Clothes Drying

Natural gas clothes dryers are more energy-efficient. Consider replacing your old, inefficient clothes dryer for a natural gas unit. They are generally less expensive to operate and can save you up to 50 percent on operating costs.

Energy Conservation Tips

  • Line-dry your clothes when possible.
  • If you use your dryer, dry full loads, but don't overload or over-dry. Separate lightweight and heavy clothes for more energy-efficient drying.
  • Dry two or more loads in a row to take advantage of the heat still in the dryer.
  • Clean the lint filter before drying each load.
  • Clean the machine. Periodically remove any buildup of lint and dust from the dryer exhaust, the back of the dryer and behind the lint screen.
  • Replace leaky exhaust terminals. Check the outside dryer exhaust terminal to make sure it closes as it was designed to do and is not blocked with lint.

Appliance Selection Tips

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  • Be sure to check your laundry room connections before comparing gas versus electric clothes dryers. A gas dryer requires a gas hook-up and a 120-volt electric outlet. Electric dryers require a 240-volt electric outlet.
  • When buying a new dryer, choose an energy-efficient model.
  • Energy-efficient gas dryers can be more expensive than standard models, but the gas savings from operating a gas dryer can more than offset the initial purchase price difference – saving you more money on your monthly gas bill.
  • Choose energy features that save:
    • A moisture sensor that automatically shuts off the machine as soon as your clothes are dry.
    • A cycle with a cool-down period, sometimes known as a "permanent-press" cycle.

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Rebates Available

You can receive cash rebates on clothes washers, dishwashers, attic/wall insulation, natural gas storage water heaters and furnaces. Go to Rebates for Your Home.