Dryer balls - reduce your dryer's energy consumption by 30%

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September 29, 2023
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Are you missing out on a energy saving hack?

Laundry is an essential but time-consuming household chore, and it can be expensive, particularly when it comes to energy costs. This is where dryer dots come in. Dryer balls are a  laundry accessory that can help you save money and reduce your energy consumption. Our experts at BIG Warranties have put dryer balls to the test exploring what they are and how they can benefit our customers in an energy crisis. 

What are dryer balls?

Dryer balls are small, reusable balls made from a variety of materials, such as plastic, wool, or silicone. They are designed to be used in a tumble dryer, where they bounce around with your clothes, helping to separate them and reduce the amount of time it takes for your clothes to dry.

How do dryer balls save energy?

When you use dryer balls in your laundry routine, you can reduce your energy consumption in a few ways.

Firstly, by separating your clothes, the dryer dots help to increase the airflow in your tumble dryer. This means that the hot air can circulate more easily and more evenly around your clothes, helping them to dry faster.

Secondly, dryer balls can help to reduce the amount of static in your laundry. This means that your clothes will be less likely to cling to each other, which can also help them to dry faster. When your clothes are static-free, they also tend to be softer and more comfortable to wear.

Thirdly, using dryer balls can help to reduce the amount of lint that builds up in your dryer. When your dryer's lint trap is full, it can reduce the efficiency of your machine and increase the amount of time it takes for your clothes to dry. By reducing the amount of lint that builds up, you can improve the efficiency of your dryer and reduce your energy consumption.


How do you use dryer balls?

Using dryer balls is easy. Simply toss them into your dryer with your wet clothes and run the machine as usual. You can use anywhere from 2 to 6 depending on the size of your load and the amount of space in your dryer. When your clothes are dry, simply remove them and store them until your next load.

Where can you buy dryer balls?


If you're looking to buy dryer balls you have a number of options available to you. Many major retailers, both online and in-store, carry dryer dots from a variety of brands. Some popular options include Amazon, Tesco, ASDA, and Wilko.

Each of these retailers offers different brands and varieties of dryer dots at varying prices. Some of the most well-known brands include Eco egg and Handy Laundry. Prices can range from a few pounds for a small pack to over £20 for larger packs or bulk orders. Whether it's best to buy in bulk or not will depend on your personal needs and budget, but bulk orders can often offer a better value per unit.

Dryer balls are a small investment that can pay off in significant energy savings. By using them in your laundry routine, you can reduce your energy consumption, save money on your electricity bill, and enjoy softer, more comfortable clothes. They are also reusable, making them an eco-friendly alternative to dryer sheets or fabric softeners. So why not give dryer dots a try and see how they can benefit you? For more maintenance tips check out our BIG blog here.

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