Another energy bleeder would be the household dryer. That special machine that you put wet clothes in and dry clothes come out of. But this contraption that saves us so much time can take up to 12% of your monthly energy cost per month.
While they are all energy efficient models now, fact of the matter is they all take energy to run them.
So what are we left with? Well… what we were left with in the beginning. Hanging our clothes out to dry, or in for that matter now.
Here are some pretty nifty facts about hanging up your clothes out.
1) They smell better. Fresh air is drying your clothes.
2) It obviously cost nothing to hang up your clothes. Except for your own energy and a little exercise never hurt anyone.
3) You can get some much needed humidity in the winter months if you hang your clothes inside to dry.
Here is the down side to hanging your clothes out.
1) If you have seasonal allergies, it’s no fun to have your clothes covered with what you are allergic too.
2) Who has the time to hang clothes after working all day and what if mother nature decides to rain and I need clothes??
3) If you hang it inside, it’s a mess to look at and where will I string a cord to dry these things.
So a dryer is more convenient. Is it convenient in your wallet? No, not really.
I have found a few ways to make the best of hanging outside or inside. Here are my tips.
1) I have read online that if you do suffer from seasonal allergies, you can pop your clothes in the dryer for 5 minutes after they are done drying because it is said that the dryer takes out a lot of allergens out of the clothes because of its filters and such. You may think it kind of defeats the purpose to use your dryer, but 5 minutes instead of 30 or 40 minutes is still a lot of savings. I have not personally tried it because no one at my house suffers from very bad allergies, so this one you would have to research.
2) I hated taking the time to hang outside. The worst part was finding the clips in that bag or box and hanging and pushing and finding and hanging and pushing and…let’s say I noticed the sky getting grey and wanted to wait until the last possible minute to take it off cause it wasn’t quite dry (admit it, you’ve done this) and then you forget and it started to rain and by the time you get it in, its mostly wet because of the clips and etc…well anyhow you get the jest of it.
I thought to myself. I will forever be aggravated with this until I found Cord-O-Clip. This lovely contraption already has the clips on it. After watching the video on YouTube, I quickly went out and bought it at the store for about $125, and we quickly put it up. Having used it for 2 straight weeks I have but one complaint of the product. The plastic holder that holds the lines together where the lines join is plastic and ultimately failed. So we put a ratchet strap in its place and voila, no more problems. It seems to be keeping an adequate tension without failing which is important to this line for it to work well. We left the ratchet strap instead of replacing with the actual clothes lines and so far so good.
No more looking for clips and if you watch the video, there is a part where they roll the stuff in. I won’t say I am at that speed, but it is pretty close. I’ve been no longer than 5 minutes for the biggest load which took ¾ of the line. I was afraid of the line sagging too much or breaking. But so far, it’s been good. For now I give it a solid 4 ½ stars. If you are curious I posted the website.
Now it’s not to say that the normal clothesline does not work just as well at drying. I just love new gadgets. Especially ones that save me some time.
3) So for the answer for inside is if you do have a corner or basement or spare room to hang a line, how ugly would it be? Especially if you have visitors or entertain and now have long lines hanging even if you don’t have any more clothes on them. There are a few options. There are the umbrella indoor clothes lines. There are the fold out clothes line and the one I purchased, the retractable clothes line.
Here are a few links of what I mean.
SEARCH: RETRACTABLE INDOOR CLOTHES LINES OR DRYER
There are small ones
And medium size ones (also the one I have bought but not tried yet)
Medium Clothesline (Canada)
Or huge ones.
Huge Clothesline (Canada link)
I love the fact then when you are done with it you can simply unhook it and retract it the wall. It just simply sits on your wall barely noticed and available until your next load.
SEARCH : UMBRELLA CLOTHES DRYER INDOOR/OUTDOOR
You can find these for outside too. Just heard if you don’t ground them good, they could possibly fly away.
SEARCH: CLOTHES DRYING RACK
Again all these are different sizes and prices. So comparison shop and as always, check out the reviews. Anything pertaining to customer service and breaking parts is always interesting to read about. Sometimes you also get what you pay for. If you pay a few dollars, you shouldn’t always expect everything to last forever.
A final note which has nothing to do with dryers but its partner in crime, the washer. The new front load washers today are very efficient in water savings and also from what I have read apparently in how clean the clothes are. It seems to focus on a deeper clean and also wrings out better so that the clothes come out almost dry after the spin cycle. It also uses less water (if you are thinking of downsizing your hot water heater, although if you can, you should just use cold water when you wash as it would give you even bigger savings). As always if you have just purchased a new washer, it might not be the time to up and just change it right away, but further research on this could give some interesting savings in the long run. I am also toying with the idea of a manual washer and dryer spinner machine to see how that goes. You know the ones they use in RV’s or Tiny Homes. The less energy I spend on electric the better our chances to get off the grid eventually. There are so many options. All you have to do it search.
SEARCH: FRONT LOAD WASHER ENERGY SAVINGS OR
EFFICIENCY OF FRONT LOAD WASHERS