This summer I will reduce my electric usage by 20%. One of the ways I am doing this is by air drying my laundry. Before, my partner and I did about 3 loads of laundry each week. The dryer is usually the second highest energy hogging appliance in the house, after the refrigerator. I imagine mine is even worse. When I moved in 2008 the dryer door came open as I was unloading it from the moving truck, and then it was bent backwards. To get the door to close I had to take a hammer to it, and sense then it hasn't sealed as well. What I'm trying to say is, a load of laundry that used to take 30 minutes to dry now takes about an hour.
Pros and Cons of Air Drying Laundry
- Pro: lower energy bill
- Pro: clothes last longer
- Pro: the fresh smell of clothes dried by the sun
- Con: Stiff clothes and towels
- Con: longer drying in humid climates
Using an online calculator, I estimate it costs $.30 in electricity for one load of laundry. Now, I know this is a conservative figure, but assuming it is close, I was spending about $1 per week to dry my clothes. This single change should make it much easier to reach my goal of reducing electricity usage by 20%.