The clothes dryer is typically the second-highest energy usage appliance in the home, just behind the refrigerator. If you can reduce the usage of your clothes dryer, you can live greener, reduce your energy usage, extend the life of your clothes, and save money. Why not experiment a little this month to see if you can use your clothes dryer less?
Here in Colorado it’s usually too cold to hang clothes outside at this time of year, but I still save energy by using an indoor drying rack or simply laying some of the clothes over the kitchen chairs to dry. I like to give the clothes about 10 minutes in the electric dryer first, which gets a lot of moisture out, smooths the fabric, and helps avoid the cardboardy feeling that jeans can get if they’re completely air dried. Then I just let the clothes finish drying in the house, which adds a little moisture to the air, too! You’ll really notice that your jeans last longer if dried this way.
Come summertime, I’m going to try and find an unobtrusive place to hang a retractable clothesline. Meanwhile, for a sweet read you might enjoy The Clothesline — a charming book written by my friend Irene Rawlings and co-author Andrea Van Steenhouse. It’ll have you hankering for a cute clothespin bag of your own.
We’ve passed the one week mark of the January Money Diet! Pat yourself on the back for every ounce of shopping temptation you’ve resisted. I applaud you all for being kind to yourself, your wallet and our planet.