Like many of you, I have spent a good portion of my days doing laundry.
Which means that my washer and/or dryer seem to run almost non-stop all day long.
When I got our electricity bill last month, it was waaaaay too high. I am one of those turn-off-everything-freaks too. So I decided to do something about it.
I did some research on the internet and found out that using your dryer can account for up to 10% of your electricity bill. I found this great article about line drying and I decided to try it. I think it's wonderful when frugality and green living go hand in hand.
I already had the drying rack so I decided to try it for a month before I invested in a clothesline. It actually is working out really well. I was worried that I would be spending a lot more time doing laundry, but I'm not. I only do one load a day. I wash in the morning, hang the clothes and let them dry in the sun. In the afternoon, I throw everything in the dryer for 5-10 minutes to fluff them up and get rid of any wrinkles. I fold or hang everything and then I'm done for the day.
The only exception to this rule is towels. Towels that are dried outside are very crunchy and we like our towels soft. I do these loads at night, right before I go to bed, because the power is cheaper then. When I wake up they are ready to be folded and put away. If it's a rainy day, I just bring my drying rack inside and let them dry that way. It just takes a little longer.
Do you line-dry your clothes? Am I missing anything? I would love to hear any tips or tricks of the trade.
Oh, and by the way, my bill came down almost $100 this month!:)