There are many environmentally friendly benefits to living in an urban apartment, condo or townhouse, but the use of a traditional backyard clothesline is usually not one of them. Instead, urban dwellers often feel forced to rely on an energy-slurping automatic clothes dryer, even though they dislike the impact that using it has on both the environment and their budget. It is possible to cut that cord, however, and these quick and easy tips from Mopfrog of North Buckhead will show you how.
Why Opting Out of Dryer Use Matters
The home clothes dryer holds the dubious title of using more energy than most other home appliances. In fact, according to the Consumer Energy Center your dryer could be using as much as 6 percent of the total electricity consumed in your home. In homes where laundry is done several times per week, this number could be even higher.
To find out how much your dryer is costing you – and the environment – use this handy calculator. Simply enter the number of hours you normally use the dryer each time you do laundry, along with the wattage of the appliance and the cost per kilowatt hour your power company charges, then hit calculate. Be warned, because the answer may shock you.
Drying Clothes Without a Dryer
If your apartment has a laundry room, installing an indoor clothesline is an ideal way to refrain from using the dryer. Because indoor clotheslines are retractable, they will not take up space when not in use. If your unit has no laundry room, get permission from your landlord to install a small retractable, clothesline in the bathroom, for example.
A clothes drying rack is another way to dry laundry effectively when space is too limited for an indoor clothesline. Choose a sturdy, well made rack that can be easily folded up when not in use. Because they are portable, a clothes drying rack can be moved from room to room as needed, and can even be set up near heat vents in winter to speed drying and help add much needed humidity to the air of your home.
An Unexpected Benefit
Lower power bills and a reduced carbon footprint are great reasons for opting out of using your clothes dryer, but you doing so will also help your clothing last longer and retain its good looks. The tumbling action of the dryer, along with the application of intense heat, damages clothing fibers and causes them to age quickly. With a smaller electricity bill, you will soon be enjoying more green in your wallet while helping to keep the environment healthy for everyone.