Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you make a purchase. You can read our full disclosure here.
One bill I cringe at opening is my electricity bill. It seems to creep up little by little every month, even though our usage is pretty much the same. One way, however, to cut that cringing down to a minimum is to cut back the use of the clothes dryer, or eliminate it all together.
It is difficult for me because my dryer is still there, beckoning me to use it. Right next to my energy efficient washer, lonely, neglected, dust bunnies accumulating…. My laundry is in my garage, so I don’t think twice about turning it on, even in the summer. Because the heat is in the garage, where it is hot as hades anyway, I just press the button and don’t think twice. For some reason I, and many others had (have) it engrained in my head that throwing the clothes in my electric dryer and hitting start was the only time effective easy way to do laundry. Drying clothes outside on a line or inside on a rack would be time consuming and hard work to pin them all up. The convenience of having a clothes dryer is now a “necessity” in today’s modern world. I mean who hangs clothes anymore anyway?
I will tell you, not many.
Take a walk around your neighborhood. Do you see any clothes lines? Probably not. I bet you do smell the aroma of the chemical fabric softener smell coming out of the dryer vent, though! Now, go out to a more rural section. Somewhere that has larger tracts of land, farm type property… I bet you’ll see several. One on most properties. It can seem inconvenient to hang your clothes. Or maybe you live in an apartment, or have an HOA that prohibits the use of clothes lines… there are ways around that though. You can live in an apartment and not use the dryer.
Reviewing our electric usage and trying to find ways to cut the cost, the only thing I could come up with was to quit using our dryer. Besides, your lint trap? You just threw a big hunk of clothing in the trash. Not using the dryer will help your clothes last longer!!
Living without a clothes dryer & without a clothes line
- If you live in an apartment, you can hang your clothes on your shower rod, or check out a drying rack like one of these.
- If you have an HOA that forbids it, try your garage or basement if you have one! Just hang some lines from the ceiling and hang the clothes from that.
- If it is too cold, too snowy, or too wet outside, bring them in and use one of the above mentioned methods.
While it seems obvious that we can all live without a dryer, even those of us in apartments or with strict HOAs, most of us don’t think twice. We toss the wet clothes in the dryer and press start without even thinking of it. Drying clothes on a line or a rack isn’t difficult, it isn’t all that time consuming and it makes such a huge difference on your energy bills! Even if you just cut back your usage, you will see it reflected on your next bill.
I challenge you to 1 week without a dryer.
See if you miss it. See how much it affects your next bill. Hanging clothes can be therapeutic and soothing. Plus, the way they smell coming in off the line cannot be replicated… it’s amazing.
Can you do it? Will you do it? Or have you already? I would love to hear from you.