The Secret to Increasing Coin Dryer Time

The tumble dryer in my building never dries a load in one cycle, which means I end up paying for two drying cycles when my clothes only really need one and a half per load. It is a waste of energy, money and time. So, when I heard about this incremental time trick, I had to give it a try. In the end it will only cost me 25 cents.

Some dryers are an all-or-nothing model in which you have to invest a certain amount of money to start a cycle at all (versus dryers that simply add a certain number of minutes per quarter). As Nicole Dicker divides Billfold , the secret is to add more quarters beyond the minimum amount needed to start the cycle. In my case, it costs $ 1 per drying cycle. When I added $ 1.25, it added five minutes. It sounds silly, but I almost giggled with joy that this minor (but frequent) annoyance in my life is now allowed! Now I only need to pay for one and a half drying cycles because that is what I need. And when you have to make special trips at the ATM, and then only to get the services of Merchant Joe’s quarter (which I do), and then all of a sudden you don’t have to use so many blocks to do your laundry makes life a little easier.

If you’re lucky and your dryer door won’t close when you start your cycle, then you can probably just open the door when your clothes are dry and load another load without loading the machine by a quarter.


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