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This is the last time I'll be in the laundry room, I promise, but there is one more way you can save some serious change in there. No turning out pockets for loose change...I'm talking savings of around $200 per year! (for an electric dryer...gas runs a little cheaper)
How is that possible? By not using your dryer. For some this one may be a little less painless than the other tips so far. It takes more time to hang clothes on the line, but I'm here to tell you that this has been anything but painful for me this past summer. It is almost a religious experience to be out listening to birds serenade me as the sun caressed me with it's warmth (100 degree days not withstanding). Umm...now where was I...oh yeah... I really enjoyed laundry days when I could hang out clothes on the line. The smell of air dried laundry is a big bonus too. I love to crawl into freshly laundered and air dried sheets.
Another consideration is weather. There were a few times when I couldn't wait for a sunny day and had to resort to my dryer. I'm not sure if I will want to hang them in the dead of winter either, however, we have Amish neighbors who hang their laundry all year long. I am considering hanging some clothesline in the basement for winter drying. We have a long area on one side of the basement that this would work. The savings potential may sway me, even though the trek up and down the stairs will be a bit of a pain. Putting a positive spin on it though, it will be good exercise, which I could really use!
Using the calculator at Saving Electricity, I figured I can save $240/year or $20/month if I never use the dryer. That is probably not reasonable. I know there will be days when it's raining, or I'm in a really big hurry and don't have time. I also don't like to dry my underwear out where all God's creatures can see them. I do have a vintage wood drying rack that I like to hang delicates on. Also they could be hung in the basement. I'm going to estimate that I will use the dryer about 1/3 of the time. Therefore I will save about $160 a year, or $13.33 per month.
If you are benefiting from this series, I’d love it if you would grab my button from the top of my sidebar. I will be back with another money saving tip tomorrow that could save you $208 per year or more! I will keep up a running tally of my savings at the bottom of each new post. Just scroll down to the bottom to see. Come on back & keep the savings adding up!
My tally so far: