February 2008
Laundry, the Natural Gas Way

What if someone told you that natural gas could make doing laundry more fun?

Well, they’d probably be lying. (Can anything really make laundry more fun?) But natural gas can make doing laundry quicker and more efficient.

No matter what type of dryer you have, they all dry clothes the same way: by speeding up the evaporation of moisture. Some dryers, however, are more efficient than others.

Today’s natural gas dryers use electronic ignition systems rather than continuously burning pilot lights to save energy. They also boast many options to ensure your clothes get just the treatment they need.

Multiple drying cycles accommodate different fabrics and levels of dryness; different sizes of dryers ensure they fit the needs of many homes and families, including both heavy capacity dryers and more compact, stackable ones that fit in a closet.

Automatic termination cycles avoid over-drying, which wastes energy and can damage clothes. A moisture sensor measures the moisture left and dries until it is gone or at the desired level. Temperature sensors measure the temperature of the air that’s being exhausted to determine the level of dryness.

Water heated with a natural gas water heater gets hot water to your washing machine quickly for optimum washing. But choosing one of the newer front-loading washing machines can ensure maximum efficiency.

Front-loading washing machines have no agitator, which means they have room for more items in each load. They also require less water, using less energy to heat the water. Front-loading models also save energy when it comes to your dryer. Because they spin at a higher revolution per minute, they extract more water from the clothes than top-loading models, meaning less drying time.

While laundry still may not be number one (or anywhere in sight) on your list of favorite things to do, at least choosing the right washer and dryer can save you time and money.