Like many of the approaches to being more environmentally friendly, this week’s topic is easy to do, will save you money, and just requires a bit of planning. Hanging your laundry to dry is an easy way to reduce your electricity bill and takes almost no effort. Another added bonus: it’s easier on your clothes and will help them last longer! Here’s a great article the breaks down the benefits and cost savings.
The biggest challenge in making this lifestyle change is that you need to leave the appropriate amount of time to let your clothes dry. This amount of time will change pretty drastically depending on where you live and what your weather is like. In our warm summers in Ontario, I find that a load on our line outside will take about an hour to dry. Spring and autumn, when the weather is a bit cooler, will take almost twice that long. In the winter, we often still hang out laundry on an inside drying rack like this one, or use the banister upstairs. It will take a bit longer still, but also helps get moisture into the dry winter air in our house! Up at our cottage, we have a cool inside line that runs across the house and can coil up when not in use.
If you are finding it hard to remember to leave the extra time, you can always start with towels, blankets, or other non clothing items. Once you get into a routine, however, you’ll find a good rhythm. I like to put a load in when I get up in the morning and then I can hang it before I leave the house for work. Then when I come home, it’s always dry!
You can also try experimenting with different types of drying racks. Here are some cool ones that might suit your home.