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14. Delint Your Dryer Hose

Unplug the clothes dryer, slide it out, detach the hose from the back, and vacuum out the link at least once a year to drastically shorten your drying times, prolong the life of the machine, and, most important, reduce the risk of fire.

The payoff: You'll shave your clothes-drying costs by 25 to 30 percent, estimates HVAC contractor Jim Godbout of Biddeford, Maine.
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