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How to Go Dryer-Free & Love It

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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.

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Part Two: Do Your Part to Protect the Earth at Work

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In the first article of this two-part series, we discovered how taking simple, eco-friendly actions in our homes could greatly reduce our carbon footprint. With less impact on the environment, the world we hand over to our kids and grandkids is sure to be a healthier one. But our homes are not the only places where our positive actions can create benefits for the environment.

Incorporating Eco-Friendly Habits Into the Work Zone

Many of the same strategies you use at home to save resources and energy can also be employed in your office or work environment. These include:

  • Choosing ENERGY STAR-qualified office equipment such as printers, copiers, lighting, appliances and HVAC equipment.
  • Adding power strips to each computer station so that employees can easily turn the power off each evening with the flick of a switch.
  • Replacing incandescent bulbs with CFL or halogen bulbs.
  • Turning off all lights in cubicles, break rooms and offices when not in use.
  • Lowering the heat a few degrees in winter and raising the thermostat a few degrees in summer.

While this list is a great starting point, here are more ways to help your office become leaner and greener.

Transportation

Instead of having a parking lot full of employee vehicles each day, find ways to create more and more empty parking spaces. Since many employees love taking part in a challenge, ask your employer to come up with a contest that will provide some friendly competition between workers to see who can go the longest without driving their car to work. Depending upon the location of your office or business, employees might earn points by:

  • Walking or biking to work.
  • Car pooling or using public transportation.
  • Using some other mode of transportation, such as skates or a scooter.

Reducing Waste and Recycling

Just like at home, making an effort to reduce waste and recycle in the office can be a major part of your choice to live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle. Instead of throwing things away, take a moment to ask yourself what else the object could be used for or how it could be recycled instead of being sent to the landfill.

Paper and Printing Supplies

In most offices, paper and printing supplies make up a huge portion of the waste that is generated. Petition your manager to consider using more digital files so that less paper and printing supplies are needed.

Equipment, Electronics & Furniture

When office furnishings, computers systems and printers are upgraded, don’t discard the old ones. Instead, find a community group, church or organization who could benefit from these items. Utilize reputable computer recycling services for systems that are no longer operable to make sure that usable parts and materials are kept out of landfills.

Mopfrog of Atlantic City, an eco-friendly cleaning company, hopes that you will embrace these tips to become more in tune with the environment and create a healthier world for the future.

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Energy Efficiency for Earth Day

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Each year, on April 22nd, events are held worldwide in celebration of Earth Day. With the observance of Earth Day around the corner, Mopfrog of South Milwaukee, is helping to create awareness regarding environmental issues, particularly, conserving energy.

For starters, reducing the overall energy footprint of your home is a truly great way to help out the environment. By making a few key and cost effective modifications, you can help make sure that this generation is leaving the planet in a condition that is a bit better than the one we found it in. Also, aside from mitigating the environmental problems associated with energy consumption, energy efficient homes save you money your utility bills!

Basic Tips

While an energy audit will provide specific recommendations to improve the energy efficiency of your home, there are a few key spots that often contribute to poor energy performance. If you are looking for ways to be a bit more eco-friendly this year, the following recommendations are a great place to begin shrinking your carbon footprint.

  • Replace your light bulbs with ones that earned the ENERGY STAR label. LED and CFL bulbs are not only more energy efficient than traditional lighting solutions, but they’re also of a much higher quality overall. For example, they use about 70-90 percent less energy and last 10 to 25 times longer before needing to be replaced.
  • Save energy and dollars by installing ceiling fans, as they can supplement your HVAC system and help keep the temperature regulated.
  • Take advantage of natural day light versus turning on light fixtures.
  • Update your windows with more efficient frame technology. High performance windows featuring low-E coatings will go a long way towards keeping hot air out of the house during the summer and preventing warm air from escaping during the winter. You can also place reflective film on your windows to not only lessen the sun’s harmful rays, but also prevent fading and other negative effects to your upholstery.
  • Use low VOC caulking and weather stripping around all of the windows and doors, along with door sweeps, in order to prevent too much air into or out of the home.
  • Water heating is one of the largest energy expenses in your home. Washing laundry on cold settings and taking shorter showers will help reduce monthly water heating bills.
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