Sipping my daily dose of tea this morning, I was struck by a post at Treehugger about a new movement encouraging people to dry clothes instead of using the dryer. Trust me, I'm all for saving a few cents on hanging my clothes as well as reducing my carbon footprints, so no problems here. But what got me really stewing is the figure that by 2010 over 50 million household in the US will be banned from hanging their clothes outside. What in the world? Banning people from drying their clothes outside due to "loss in property value" and "prudenceness"...good golly. Really, are people THAT cool?
According to our utility company, an average household does about seven loads of laundry a week costing approximately $.37 per load to dry their clothes in the dryer. We recently purchased a retractable clothesline for the backyard in an effort to start hanging our clothes out more. Yes, it does take extra time and weather conditions don't always make it practical. (Trust me I know, after years of living in the Midwest!) However, our family has committed to hanging at least one load of laundry on the outside clothesline or inside drying rack for the next year. This will be approximately $19.24 saved over the year and not to mention the value saved in reducing our carbon footprints.
I admit, this isn't crazy savings, but I think we are preserving a time-old practice of utilizing the sun and wind to dry our clothes inside of utilizing electricity. But, most of all we are making a statement of "drying" freedom to air our laundry...and trust me, our clothes will be blowing in the breeze outside the Little Blue Bungalow.
From inside the little blue bungalow,