Speaking of the dryer, it seems that for most homeowners the clothesline has gone the way of the dodo. According to the Department of Energy, more than 80 percent of US homes now have a clothes dryer, accounting for 6 percent of residential elec- tricity consumption. Cleaning the lint trap after each use is one of the easiest things you can do to improve air circulation and increase the effi- ciency of the dryer. Also, consider using a lower heat setting to con- serve energy. Use the moisture sensor option to avoid over-drying clothes. And don’t overstuff the dryer because it causes longer drying cycles. REPLACE YOUR HVAC FILTER (AGAIN) Practically every home energy-saving article you’ll read will mention the importance of changing your air filter regularly. So why men- tion it here? Because people still forget the filter because it’s not readily visible. And for most people, out of sight is out of mind. I’m a prime example; I write about home improvement routinely and forget to change my system’s filter routinely. If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it, especially dur- ing heavy use months (winter and summer). At a minimum, change the filter every three months. A
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