At Home with Lisa: Clean your dryer vent to save energy

If you do a lot of laundry, you know the importance of keeping the lint trap clean. The trap collects the lint to keep your dryer running efficiently and to keep the lint from catching fire.

Now that temperatures are finally heating up in the Inland Northwest, I’ve been doing my laundry in the evenings, especially when I run the dryer. But the trap doesn’t catch all the lint. It’s been a couple of weeks since I checked, so I recently made sure the dryer’s vent was free of lint. According to Avista’s Energy Guide, a clogged dryer vent makes it harder to dry your clothes, which lengthens the time it takes to dry them.

I unplugged my dryer to ensure no electricity could run through it and then pulled it away from the wall so I could disconnect the silver hose that connects the dryer to the outside. Then, I vacuumed the inside of the hose to get to all the lint inside.

Now my dryer is running more efficiently.

Lisa, an Avista customer, bought her 1910 house because she loved the old-world character, some of which doesn’t make her house very energy efficient. Lisa is sharing her experience on taking some simple do-it-yourself improvements to inspire others to do the same. You’ll find her stories right here every Tuesday morning.

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