1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

December 29, 2008

:364 Solar Clothes Dryer

Filed under: :364 Solar Clothes Dryer — Tags: , , , , , , — John Banta @ 5:10 am

Take the 1:5:10:365 challenge: Do one thing – for 5 to 10 minutes – 365 days a year to make our home and planet environment better.

1:5:10:364 EcoTip: EPA’s EnergyStar program doesn’t rate clothes dryers because they are all about the same. There is one important solar exception which unfortunately has been banned from a number of communities.

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Source : http://www.clotheslineshop.com/

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Suggested Review:

Consider using a clothes line whenever weather permits and use your clothes dryer only when necessary. During winter the temperature only needs to be a few degrees above freezing in order to dry clothes. A slight breeze also helps speed the drying.

Although all clothes dryers use about the same amount of energy to do the same thing, it is important to keep them operating properly. Clogged lint screens or improper installations can waste lots of energy. These issues have been covered in other posts.

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September 23, 2008

:267 Dryer Test Method

Filed under: :267 Dryer Test Method — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:48 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:267 EcoTip: A clothes line provides the most energy efficient method for drying, but if you are going to use a clothes dryer – make sure it is operating efficiently. Here’s a test method you can use to check both the dryer and the ducting to help insure it is working effectively.

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Suggested Review: :071, :072, :245, :246,

For more information check www.vcisafety.org

The Vent Check® Test Kit has the following Instructions

  1. Place one indicator strip inside empty dryer.
  2. Remove lint screen.
  3. Set the dryer on high heat and time dry.
  4. Locate exhaust vent duct cover. Clip the second indicator strip to the inside of the duct cover on the exterior exhaust vent. Be certain that the measurement end of the indicator is inserted completely inside the vent.
  5. Start dryer and allow it to run 5 – 7 minutes.
  6. Retrieve both indicator strips from their applied locations.

a) If both indicators show red color dot, dryer and vent are functioning properly.

b) If the indicator strip inside the dryer has red dot and the second strip is still white, then the dryer is reaching minimum operating temperature, but the vent system may be clogged.

c) If both indicator strips are white, then your dryer is probably not reaching minimum operating temperature. Disconnect vent from rear of dryer and repeat test with dryer only.

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September 2, 2008

:246 Clogged Dryer Lint Screen

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:246 EcoTip: Thanks to MistyMom for today’s 1:5:10:365 EcoTip. Check your dryer lint screen to see if it is clogged with a waxy buildup from dryer sheets and fabric softeners. I’ve been holding this tip for awhile trying to vet it before it was published. Those of you that have been following this blog know I try to be careful to post factual information, or issue the appropriate disclaimer – well here is one that had me stumped for awhile because the nature of the post that was sent to me was somewhat questionable. Our family doesn’t use fabric softeners and dryer sheets so I couldn’t test it out myself – but snopes.com came to the rescue. You can see the exact nature of the email information that was sent to me below, then the confirmation.

The point the post below makes is that clogged lint screens can cause your dryer to burn out. My additional point is the clogged screens make it take longer to dry your clothes and waste energy.

(A personal note to MistyMom: I’m sorry I doubted you – but you know you’ve forwarded me some whoppers that have turned out to be false.)

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Suggested Review: :071, :245

Here’s the information that was sent to me: 

INFO ABOUT CLOTHES DRYERS
The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the
house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material… I’m sure you know what your dryer’s lint filter looks like. Well, the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn’t go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that’s what burns out the heating unit.

You can’t SEE the film, but it’s there. It’s what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free… that nice fragrance too. You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box ..well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months.  He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that!?!
Learn something new everyday! I certainly didn’t know dryer sheets would do that.
So, I thought I’d share!

Note:
I went to my dryer and tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water and a nylon brush and I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it… the water ran right thru the screen! There wasn’t any puddling at all!
That repairman knew what he was talking about!

Click here for Snopes.com confirmation of this tip.

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September 1, 2008

:245 Clean Dryer Lint Screen

Filed under: :245 Clean Dryer Lint Screen — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:17 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:245 EcoTip: Keep your clothes dryer lint screen clean. I was just reviewing some of my past posts and realized I left this one out when I was posting about the clothes dryer duct needing to be kept clean (:071). This EcoTip may seem obvious, but I occasionally find someone that doesn’t know about this.  I am still working to confirm tomorrow’s 1:5:10:365 EcoTip which is also about the lint screen on your clothes dryer. See you tomorrow.

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Suggested Review: :071

Under most circumstances the lint screen is pulled out of the dryer and the lint peels off the screen easily. Check your owners manual for further instructions. If you don’t have an owners manual, the owner’s manual for your dryer is probably posted on the net.

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March 12, 2008

:072 Dryer Duct Length

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credit: Fantech

Suggested Review – :071

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:072 Tip: Check the length and number of angles for your clothes dryer’s ductwork. Ducts that are too long or have too many angles will slow drying and waste energy.

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The International Mechanical Code article 504.6 stipulates the requirements for Domestic clothes dryer ducts. In brief, the maximum length of duct permitted is 25 ft. This maximum length should be reduced by 2.5 ft for each 45-degree bend and 5 ft. for each 90-degree bend. The duct should be a minimum nominal size of 4 inches in diameter and shall have a smooth interior finish.

When a short dryer duct length is not possible, the “Advanced Dryer Booster Fan” by Fantech can assist in over coming the resistance by ensuring that moist air exhausts quickly. This reduces drying time and energy costs. The manufacture says their fan is suitable for duct runs of up to 60 linear feet of rigid duct with up to six elbows. 

www.fantech.net.

http://www.fantech.net/dryer_boosting.htm

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March 11, 2008

:071 Clean Dryer Duct

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credit: http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/5022.html

Suggested Review – none

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:071 Tip: Clothes dryer ducts and lint screens should be cleaned on a regular basis to help prevent accumulation. This is important for fire prevention and results in more energy efficient drying (of course solar dryers* work even better).
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Additional InformationThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that in 1998, clothes dryers were associated with 15,600 fires, which resulted in 20 deaths and 370 injuries. Fires can occur when lint builds up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct. Lint can block the flow of air, cause excessive heat build-up, and result in a fire in some dryers.

Information about cleaning dryer ducting is available at:

http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/5022.html

* solar dryer: clothes line

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