How To Cut Your Electric Bill In Half Free Ideas part 3 Clothes Dryer | Missouri Wind and Solar


Hi everybody, I’m Jeff and I want to show
you how to make your own dryer lint bucket to help heat your home with your clothes dryer.
This is not for gas clothes dryers, this is for electric clothes dryers only. You can’t
pump the exhaust from a gas dryer into your house, it’d create carbon monoxide. So, this
is for electric dryers only. So you need humidity in the air in your house
in the winter. You’ll be able to turn your thermostat down a little bit if you can get
the humidity in your house to about 55 percent. The humidity will hold the heat in the air,
so when, say, your furnace shuts off it doesn’t get cold and drafty really quick if there’s
humidity in the air. You’ve got that humidity and it’ll hold the heat. Anyway, what they have on the market now are these
small dryer vent buckets, I’m sure you’ve seen them, they’re about this square and they’ve
got a place to put your dryer vent hose in the top and you fill them about half full
of water. Well, those things are just junk, okay. They don’t work, they just throw out
more lint into the room than you can imagine, plus the water that you put into the bucket
evaporates very quickly and the next thing you know, it’s tipping over on you. So, what I’ve done is made a large version
of that. I’ve done this a long time ago, back in the 1980’s, so this isn’t anything new
and I’m sure there are other people out there who have made this, but this is very inexpensive
to do. I just went to Home Depot and bought a five
gallon pail and I bought there lid, it was about four bucks for this. Another thing I
bought is what’s called a dryer dock and what it is is for four inch vent pipe for dryer
vent pipe and I’ll show you the side of it. Giving it a twist unlocks it. Okay, and we’re
going to use this for something different. Then, I got two hose clamps and I got the
aluminum dryer venting hose. This is eight feet worth and that’s all you need. This didn’t cost me very much to get all of
these. So I’m going to show you how this works. Now, you can make this really quick and it
will cost you probably less than buying one of those little junky boxes for lint. And,
there’s a couple of other things you do not want to do with an electric dryer. I used
to be an appliance repair man for like 25 years. Never take a nylon and put over the
exhaust pipe on a dryer and clamp it down to let heat into your house; what happens
is that nylon will fill with lint very quickly and instead it’ll slow down the airflow coming
out of your dryer. So, say it used to take you a half hour to dry clothes and now you’ve
got this nylon sock over the exhaust pipe on the dryer and now, all of a sudden, it’s
taking 45 minutes to dry your clothes, and then it’s taking an hour to dry your clothes.
Well, what’s happened is those nylon stockings are slowing down the airflow of the exhaust
coming out of the dryer and basically backing up all of the humidity inside of the dryer.
But, it’s a bad idea. Don’t ever use nylon, you cannot slow down the airflow, the exhaust,
out of any dryer. If you do, you will increase the time it takes to dry a load of clothes.
They have another little deal that fits into your exhaust pipe, it’s a plastic tube like
this, a square box, and a tiny screen on the front and you flip it this way for the wintertime
and it blows the heat into your house. Those don’t really work very well, the screen in
them fills up with lint right away and it’s a waste of time. So, I’ve come up with this and I’ve done this
back in the 1980’s and I don’t know if anyone else has done it, it’s just something I came
up with myself. So, I’ll show you how you’re gonna start.
It’s really easy. This quick connect, or this dryer dock, this goes into the top of the
bucket. All you’ve got to do is take yourself a felt marker and go to the center of the
bucket. I’m using really simple tools, too. Just a flat black felt marker, there, and
I’ve got my hole. Alright, now next what I’ve got is my box
cutter. This is a nice little Gerber box cutter I’ve got, this thing is cool, you’d like one
of these. I open up boxes all the time, so I’ve got one it’s a little clip. So, anyway,
just use a utility knife, a drywall knife, or a sabre saw to go down here and cut this
out. Anyway, I’m going to cut this out and I’ll put in the dryer dock. Okay, so this is how it looks. This is a little
easier than what I did. You’re gonna pop it apart and there are three screw holes in the
top of this which is pretty cool. All I’m going to do is, I have three self tapping
screws, and I’m going to screw down into this and that’ll be it. You don’t want to screw these things down
very tight or it’ll strip it out. There you go, I’ve got ‘er screwed in. The other piece
locks on there, bang, locked in. Now you can put your dryer vent hose right to the top
of this. Now, for the exhaust, this is what I did. Okay, so now what I need to do is cut
a whole bunch of vent holes around the outside edge of this bucket and this is very important.
We need a lot of air flow coming around the outside edge of this bucket. I’ve got a 15/16
inch wood bit but you can use a bigger one, just don’t go any smaller than this. And remember, don’t put too few because you
will slow down the exhaust on your dryer and it’s going to take you a lot longer to dry
your clothes, so, put in plenty. There you go, just put one at each one of these little
ridges and now I’ll go ahead and drill it out. There we go, we’re all done. That’s plenty
of exhaust. Now, what we’re going to do is, pretty much we’re almost done, just attach
the hose to the back of the dryer and we’re ready to go. Now, the hose I’m using is this aluminum dryer
vent hose. This is 4 inch stuff in aluminum. Don’t use that white vinyl hose if you’ve
got it around, as a matter of fact, that stuff is banned in a lot of places because it catches
on fire, so they use this aluminum stuff. This is eight feet worth. So, and I’ve bought my two four inch clamps
and, truthfully, I’ve probably got about twenty bucks into this altogether. All of this stuff
just comes from Home Depot. Okay, there you go. I’ve got my hose attached
to the bucket, you want to make sure it’s nice and tight like that and then, we can
unlock it from the bucket. We’ll go ahead and hook this up to the dryer. Okay, we’ve got the other end hooked onto
the exhaust to the dryer and it’s nice if you can put this vent bucket out in another
room away from the dryer, but if you can’t, you can’t. Okay, now there is one more thing I have left
to do. There are several tabs on the top of this bucket and that makes it kind of hard
to unsnap and get it off. So, what I’ll do is cut out every other one of these tabs and
it makes it easy to unlock it. Okay, you see what I did? I cut off every
other locking tab off from this so it’s easy to take off. Now, all you do is fill this
bucket half full of water, just halfway up. Snap the lid on, use the dryer dock. Locked
on and we’re all done, just turn your dryer on and dry like you normally do. All of the
lint will blow down into the water and get trapped and it won’t come out into your room.
Remember, don’t do this with a gas dryer, you can get carbon monoxide poisoning if you
do that. You don’t ever exhaust a gas dryer into your house. This is for electric dryers
only. Now, you’ll want to check the water once in
awhile and keep the bucket about half full. When it starts getting all sorta nasty and
full of lint, just pop the ring off, pop the lid off, take it out and dump it outdoors
or wherever you want to dump it. Anyway, this is part of my series on How to Cut Your Electric
Bill in Half and this here will definitely keep your furnace from running so much, you
might as well pump the heat into your house. Plus, this is going to bring a lot of humidity
into your house in the wintertime. Now, you don’t want to use this in the summertime. Anyway, that’s all there is to it and I’m
Jeff and this another part of my series on How to Cut Your Electric Bill in Half and
I will show you how to heat and cool your home with an electric dryer.

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100 thoughts on “How To Cut Your Electric Bill In Half Free Ideas part 3 Clothes Dryer | Missouri Wind and Solar”

  1. BREGGREN Papadoo says:

    Well Done VIDEO. I've Watched Many of Your Excellent 'MissouriWindandSolar' Ideas & Videos & Each One Builds Much Confidence in What You Say & Do & Have to Offer! I'm Amazed That I Can Understand What You're Saying, Every Word! Thanks! I'll Look for More!

  2. John Teng says:

    Excellent idea! Thank you.

  3. Steve Stair says:

    Going to do this tomorrow

  4. Johnny Bravo says:

    Fill your house with a ton of moisture, then it's condensation then it's mold.

  5. ASPCOT says:

    this won't work in all homes. Recirculation of damp air thru the dryer​ will take three times as long to dry the clothes. The room must be large enough to get the damp air away from the dryer.

  6. Carlzday says:

    yeah that "humidity" is also a great way to grow mold…. most clothing loads contain about 18 lbs of water…now, all that water is going into the laundry room which is generally a closed space…in addition all that moisture will condensate on you walls attracting dust

  7. Robert Hill says:

    Be strange too have your dryer setting in the middle of the room.

  8. wingsonmyback1 says:

    I have a flat roof no attic but I think I could use the outlet for the intake and the heat vet for the inside vent

  9. Jerry King says:

    Only one big problem: This contraption does not meet code. Might result in an insurance claim being denied.

  10. Joe Mattox says:

    Using this to help heat your house? That at least makes some sense to me. BUUUUUT….cutting your bill? Makes no sense to me. If you're running your dryer and using electricity why wouldn't it be the same as running an electric heater? My dryer doesn't take an hour to dry clothes. I'm looking in the 25-30 minute range. So running a dryer only to dry clothes wouldn't do much heating. If the dryer ran just for heat purposes, in my mind it would be the same as using an electric space heater. Can you explain the electrical usage of a dryer vs the electrical usage of a space heater and how it cuts the electrical usage?

  11. Scott B says:

    If you use wind and solar to power your home, why would you want to cut your power bill? ROFL!!

  12. Robeft Yearian says:

    Yes sr

  13. R Mckinney says:

    This is for those of us who place their dryer in the middle of the room.

  14. Brad Burton says:

    You can also put the lint outside for birds. Birds use dryer lint to insulate their nests in the winter.

  15. TimoKa says:

    Cool. Thanks for posting.

  16. jurnagin says:

    turn down thermostat in winter! why try to heat a entire house, just keep a electric heater in bedroom any you'll be cozy and your bill will be low

  17. Star Trekking says:

    Don't listen to these Knuckleheads it's a great idea they have no idea how humidity Works in a house

  18. Ken Call says:

    Sad thing is Tesla's idea or discovery would have had our electric bills 99% free,but greedy pricks
    Said screw you we want to steal your hard earned money.

  19. J Harrison says:

    This is on my bucket list

  20. John Wilson says:

    Extremely innovative idea. Love the concept. I personally would not do it myself due to moisture control. I understand the concept of using it in climates that have lower humidity levels, however, another aspect to be considered is the difference in how homes and buildings are being built now days. Homes are now being built more energy efficient which equals less ventilation air coming into homes. Homes now rely on mechanical ventilation to bring fresh air into the home to prevent indoor air quality issues. However, the calculations to determine how much ventilation air is needed does not factor in this amount of humidity in the home. Moisture is the worst factor for a home. Over time it kills all building components, such as drywall, insulation, etc. It also will create higher chances for convection loops in wall cavities and various areas of the home. The best way to save money is to create energy efficient homes, accurate amount of ventilation air, and be as conservative on energy use as possible. I love the innovative thinking.

  21. Gittyup says:

    Well, at least your utility room will be warn, anyway!

  22. riverdung2000 says:

    There is no way that this bucket with water in it, is going capture the remaining lint that comes out of the dryer. Be prepared to deal with that

  23. SAUL DUKE says:

    This is not truth..doesnt lower the wlectric bill no nahh..

  24. Herb Sweet says:

    Run an extension cord to your neighbor's house that will save you more money


    Where do you buy these wierd items?

  26. pink craxy says:

    I use gas stove

  27. Premier Spray Foam KY says:

    Do not do this! You will cause so much mold in your home! You do not want 50% humidity in your home!

  28. Kenny H says:

    This isn't going to cut your electric bill in half! Complete and utter bull shit!

  29. Cari Benyo says:

    Damn you ramble.. I said fuck it and just paid my electric bill

  30. Tom Butthurt says:


  31. MannyNCF says:

    Great vid 👍🏼

  32. Cynthia Mauck says:

    I'm single and do laundry only once a week, so I'll pass on this suggestion. I keep my bills down by heating only the smaller bedroom – my "office" (it's a very small room). I have a small electric heater that heats that room just fine. I also have never been interested in cooking, so I rarely use the oven, just the stove top now and then. I leave things unplugged when I don't use them – tv, blu ray player, computer, monitor, modem, microwave oven, etc. I leave my thermostat at 56 degrees, so the furnace doesn't come on too often. My window coverings are cell blinds. I use only LED lights. I might try putting bubble wrap on windows – something you talked about in another one of your videos. Thank you for all the truly useful information you are posting.

  33. Jeremy morris says:

    I have actually done something similar for alot of my customers that live in trailers. Most of them have issues with freezing pipes during winter months so I install a T valve and send one end out of the house for summer and the other through the floor for winter. The humidity and heat helps to keep the underside of the trailer warm and prevents freezing. The ventilation from the skirting helps prevent water buildup on insulation and structural materials so no mold or rust damage done. The excess heat also helps to heat the flooring of the trailer which keeps the furnace from running as often. Thank you for the video. Definately something to keep in mind for customers with much larger homes.

  34. Nat V says:

    I live in so cal and have been simply taking the vent hose off the back and we run our dryer at night. We always run the dryer at night anyways. All major appliances after six pm for cheaper electricity. My heater has been broken for about four years. Come winter and the house begins to drop to low sixties, we take the hose off the back and just let it enter the rest of the house. No bucket. We run a couple loads some nights to take the chill off a little. Our house is big enough to not have a big increase in humidity. I welcome some humidity as my skin gets dry and itchy with the dry air. I imagine if your house is smaller, humidity could be an issue.

  35. My Account says:

    You do know that will deplete the oxygen out of the air in the nearby rooms

  36. ge45ge Called says:

    very nice, thanks you so much

  37. CAK says:

    Very clever,

  38. Rodrigo Fontanez says:

    So does this mean the dryer must be in my living room🤣🤣🤣

  39. Truman Green says:

    Perfect personality for no bs explanations! Great, simple ideas, too.

  40. Jack Rainfield says:

    I don't get how the lint gets down into the water. The exhaust comes in through the top and then would bounce off the top of the water in the bucket. Then it would just go out of the holes in the lid. It seems only a small amount of the lint would end up in the water.

  41. Gio Giovanni says:

    Yes it does warm up the house but it also fogs up the windows I guess if you don't plan on looking out your windows it's a good idea

  42. It could be kevin says:

    I live in Virginia. I’m also a hvac tech I tried this in January which is our coldest/driest month. Within 30 minutes my windows were dripping wet and the drywall had water running down all over. Just get a steam humidifier and use distilled water. Way less trouble

  43. sparky9tube says:

    Funny guy. How am I supposed to fit that bucket behind my dryer when I have only about 4" of space behind the dryer.
    Am I'm supposed cut a 4" hole pathway (posslbly through several walls) to another room?
    Left that part out. Didn't you.
    This seems to be impractical and costly.

  44. Samuel J says:

    Dragon video,drag on and on.humidity to the uncomfortable level,thick air,now you can cool your home with a dryer??you could let your car run in the garage for the exhaust and engine heat too.

  45. Scott G says:

    What humidity is too high for safety from mold caused by stream from the dryer? My garage in Washington State is 45 degrees and streams up with my dryer running. I don't want to cause mold in my garage.

  46. batman says:

    Can i keep my dryer in my shed and leave door open

  47. Dennis G says:

    Thanks for the advice this has helped immensely on my heating bill and I expanded the tip to heat a 6 1/2'height ,9'Length ,45"depth /Terrarium/Vivarium I built as the center piece in my living room
    If you use a dehumidifier like I do I gain the extra heat in my house from that source and flush the water wasting toilet with the water collected and my furnace this winter alone close to 60% less use now that I've implemented this incredible idea. Oh throw bubble wrap on your windows almost 90 % heat retention with another simple item we all throw out

  48. Africans Don’t Like African Americans says:

    Thank you🤗🤗 I will definitely do this!! What a great idea 💡

  49. Robin Silvers says:

    Will wreck your sinus.

  50. stuff4Sale FromKraigzList says:

    i made one and iz working great. 1in 3/8 hole saw is all i had

  51. Truth fears no scrutiny 123 says:

    I think gas burns clean. We cook with a gas stove inside the house. Should work as well.

  52. Part-Time Picker says:

    Hey thanks for the video. This is a great idea. We have a small cottage with an electric dryer and probably not much insulation in the walls.

  53. waboom2 says:

    It's a dryer lint bong!!!

  54. Grogster2007 says:

    Can you do this for a condenser dryer?

  55. Greg Thompson says:

    how do you save on power by doing this?

  56. Melissa Teel says:

    Humidity should be considered when heating a home. It is healthy to have it around 40% during normal winter temps arouns 20-40 degrees. As temps drop you do need to decrease humidity as well. If living in cold climates where it gets to -10 and below, it is best around 15%. During summer months it is not needed for obvious reasons. We are up north and generally keep it around 30 ish %. We do alter as needed and have never had issues with mold occurring. I would say at least have a way to check humidity if trying this, as mold would definately be a great concern.

  57. Steven Steve says:

    In your other video on pulling heat from attic you taped up all the "cracks" in the dryer. So if you exhaust the moist heat into the area next to the dryer wouldn't your dryer suck that moist heat back in and make it more difficult to dry wet clothes inside the dryer?

  58. jw says:

    Gas dryers do not emit carbon monoxide

  59. david canter says:

    very usefull information , i have already applied the videos ive watched so far. now that iam retired keeps me something to do.thanks keep up the good work.

  60. International Scooters Technical Services says:


  61. Linda Pedigo says:

    Great series, thank you.

  62. HotRockCentral says:

    I've been doing this for years with no mold problems but I only do a load once a week waiting for a cold day but I'm using a flannel pillow case cover instead, too lazy to do the bucket & no place to put it anyways, just shake out the pillow case every so often. Windows sweat up for awhile but dissipates pretty quick. If your doing laundry for a big family, I can see there might be an issue with moisture but seeing some of the comments here shows how retarded some ppl are & why communism is a necessary evil, some ppl are to stupid to think for themselves.

  63. Cee Tee says:

    any ideas on a condenser that would fit in the bucket without external input?

  64. Len Ovo says:

    I don't keep my bucket half full, mine is always half empty…it works just the same !!

  65. PCA Management Services SRL says:

    hey Jeff thanks for sharing your knowledge I am about to puchase a wind turbine I have a solarpanel array at but need some extra power to keep my home running on batteries . what si the best option for me as a beginner ? thaks

  66. John Kearney says:


  67. Mike Dorman says:

    So, what do you do in the Summer time? Don't dry your close?

  68. Randall Hessian says:

    I promise I won't use that on a gas dryer.

  69. Edward Padilla says:

    Here's the biggest problem, putting that amount of moisture in a room can cause a mold bloom.

  70. Snowflake1 says:

    i've used the small buckett, that i purchased at Menards, for 2 seasons. Heats and humidifies the house just fine. it will not tip over if attached to the wall, and i only have to fill it about every 5 loads.

  71. Cool One says:

    “You don’t want to use this in the summertime.” 11:06

  72. redwow says:

    Figure area of vent hole & divide by area of each perimeter hole equals hole diameter required.

  73. Diamond Cutter says:

    Marc Maron DIY

  74. Feedback4Utoday says:

    Don't see how that cuts electricity or bills…

  75. IVAN IVONOVICH says:

    What do you do with all the humidity from the wet clothes? Putting that humid air into your home will lead to mold & mildew.

  76. Lm Stastny says:

    Are you single? 💋

  77. Lm Stastny says:

    Are you single💋

  78. Bob Keeler says:

    you've got to dry a lot of clothes to heat your home 24-7..LOL

  79. John Burke says:

    Thanks Jeff. Will do. Have a great day!

  80. Robert Clarke says:

    I did the bucket experiment and it had water dripping off my ceiling from humidity

  81. Captain Jax says:

    That's pretty cool tip!

  82. Dano1947 says:

    I use space heaters in the winter. My winter heating bill is $79.00 and in the summer is around $20.00. I don't use A/C.

  83. Rosa Frausto says:

    Ingenious! I own a gas dryer; however, I will pas the info to others. Thanks for sharing YOUR outstanding idea.

  84. Marcos Mota says:

    This comment will get lost in the 2,000 already made; I used his idea and improved on it. I added a funnel where the coupler enters the bucket to direct the flow of air further past the vent holes. I also covered the vent holes with an old dust mask that I had cut into square pieces. I used foil tape to affix the squares to the lid. When using a spade bit, get it started on one side and just cut into the surface, then flip the piece over and finish from the second side. The spurs on the bit will catch up to the scores and cut a neater hole. This applies to metal, wood, and plastic so that there is less reaming and clean-up. Instead of a knife, use a bar of wood as you would a drafting compass and affix it to the center of the lid with one screw. On the far end, screw a sharp drywall screw at the radius of the vent hose/coupler. This will result in a perfect seal that will not leak. The directing funnel can be made from a smaller diameter container. Hold it all together with three carefully placed screws. Home Depot sells 'Leaktite' branded lids made of soft plastic and with shallow edges which slip easily on and off the bucket.

  85. aragor iluvatar says:

    nice video

  86. says:

    if you have a gas dryer this will kill you dead.

  87. wilwiljames1 says:

    It seems as tho this would only humidify a single room, maybe two with a lot of water (mold/mildew) with no way to circulate the humidity

  88. Lisa V says:

    Great idea… thank you!

  89. Valiant Warrior says:

    Pretty cool. I think that will help us a lot.

  90. Strangerer69 says:

    Now all the fabrics and carpet in your home will smell dryer fresh!

  91. JulieAnkha N. says:

    What do you do in summer?

  92. m t says:

    2 minutes of how to, 9 minutes of anecdotes.

  93. Mike Loves truth says:

    Why do I have a sneaking suspicion this guy was using a bong when he came up with this idea. Also you can go one step further and have a toilet float in that thing to constantly keep the water at half full automatically.. just saying.

  94. Wade Wilson says:

    Thanks so much for the video. I live in an apartment run by the town housing authority and they wanted me to get rid of the dryer because I was venting it into a a/c filter but it was also venting out through the apt. My back problem will not allow me to hang clothes on the clothes line without severe pain. This is an awesome idea and I can't thank you enough. Now I got to keep my dryer!

  95. Rasumi Durais says:

    I always enjoy your videos brother!

  96. Gold Miner says:

    That's real nice if you are drying clothes all day every day. But elect dryers are 220 volts and you'd be using alot of electricity running your dryer all day long. I don't see where you would be saving alot of money with this method and I only wash and dry clothes like once a week. So it would be best to just run your air and heat and seal leaks around your doors and windows and insulate your attic properly. Clothes dryers are for drying clothes not heating or cooling your home. Duhhhh…

  97. Karla Blew says:

    Nice idea. We used to live in a house with the washer/dryer in the garage. Our exhaust vent hole was too high up on the wall. So we just angled the vent hose out the back door on the ground. Then picked up the lint. I think that the hole in the wall for the vent was clogged.
    Our apartment has a place in the kitchen for our washer/ dryer. We kept having problems with the dryer. So the handyman cleaned it out. There must have been lint in the wall for years. It works so much better. Then our washer water would spill out onto the floor. So the handyman had to connect pvc pipe behind the washer-refrigerator-oven- to a pipe joined to the kitchen sink. It is so much better. It's the simple things in life that are really exciting when an appliance problem gets fixed.

  98. MegzeeR says:

    I've always HATED wasting all that hot air going outside from my dryer in the winter!! You've SOLD me on this idea! and the venting the air from my attic to dry the clothes in the summer is a gotta do too. Not only does it dry the clothes more efficiently but it moves the air around that gets stale in my attic 🙂 I can smell it after a while, the hot beams and such. KUDOS!! sharing!

  99. the Phoenixx x says:

    Thank you for making this video! Be Blessed, and always Praise Jesus! AMEN

  100. the Phoenixx x says:

    Pls introduce yourself so we, your followers and subscribers can address you by name and also refer others to your awesome sharing! Peace 🏳️‍🌈💖🙅‍♀️

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