I tested an electric clothes dryer in order to save money on energy

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I’ve been resisting putting the central heating on this winter in an attempt to keep my energy bills low, but I’ve been struggling to dry clothes as a result. I decided to try a JML DriBUDDI to see if I could get around this problem without having to crank up the heating.

Since the October price cap rise, the cost of energy is around twice the cost it was this time last year, resulting in many people, like myself, changing their habits in a bid to keep energy bills manageable.

The good news is I’ve managed to make savings on my bills by adopting a number of money saving tips over the last few months, but it has meant I’ve had to make a few sacrifices.

Two thirds of Britons have a tumble dryer, but lots of people aren’t using them this year as they are one of the biggest household energy guzzlers costing up to £1.99 an hour to run.

Other people, like myself, rely on the central heating and radiators to dry clothes, so what do you do if you’ve hardly got the heating on?

So far this year I only put the heating on when the temperature dropped to zero degrees celsius outside, which means it’s definitely been a challenge to dry mine and my daughter’s clothes.

I decided to test an electric clothes dryer and opted for the JML DriBUDDI which costs just 40.84p per hour to run, but did it do the job?

The JML Dribuddy was easy to assemble and I was able to fit an entire load of washing on its umbrella arms.

Unlike a heated clothes horse, this dryer means you have to hang clothes on hangers first which I found means you can fit much more on.

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After hanging the washing on hangers and placing it on each arm of the DriBUDDI, you then need to zip the cover so it forms a pod.

It takes a whole washing machine load and it’s really simple to select the desired amount of drying time by turning the dial.

While I didn’t find that it dried clothes particularly quickly – I did appreciate the fresher, less ‘musty’ smell around the house.

I also discovered that it’s a great way to keep all the washing in one place rather than strewn around the house.

The JML DriBUDDI costs £75 from Argos and around 40 pence an hour to run but MoneySavingExpert founder Martin Lewis has suggested a much cheaper solution.

If someone used a dehumidifier 100 times a year, instead of a tumble dryer, this would save them £191.90 a year.

He said: “If a dehumidifier does work for you, it will definitely have lower electricity bills, but, of course, you do have the initial capital outlay of buying a dehumidifier and see how that works for you.”

While some people swear by an electric clothes dryer as it warms up the room at the same time, it’s no replacement for central heating.

I recently invested in a heated hoodie which means I will be making significant savings on my energy bills this winter if I continued to hardly put my heating on.

Electric blankets and throws are extremely economical to heat – costing as little as five pence per hour to run.

My November energy bill for gas and electricity combined was just £41 after the Government’s £67 cost of living support payment – so simple changes to everyday habits do make a difference.

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