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May 29th, 2012, 01:25 PM
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With summer finally getting ready to show it's face here in the Pac Nor West, ok I still have another month at least before we catch up with the rest of the country temp. wise, I've started hanging out my clothes to dry again.

I would do it more through out the year, but with our rain and cool damp days, it just isn't worth it, my clothes would probably grow moss before they'd dry out completely. Heck even right now, I can only get them about 95% dry with our 60 degree days and mostly cloudy weather, and that is hanging it out to dry ALL DAY. LOL

So how many of you guys Hang your clothes out to dry to try to be more green?

I read in the past and can't seem to find the article right now, that there are no HE clothes driers on the market, because they basically all use the same amount of energy to work which is... A LOT. lol That particular article said that in one month a clothes dryer would use the same amount of energy as a fridge in the same month, and the fridge is constantly running.

I did, however find these two articles, which have interesting info about the energy consumption and such and even some tips on how to use less energy with a clothes dryer, for those of us who live in areas that prevent clothes lines or have particularly long wet seasons.

How much energy is actually used by the clothes dryer?

Clothes Dryers - Energy Choices at the Home


So how many of you hang dry clothes, either on a line or in the house? And do you have other tips or tricks for drying clothes? (Wool dryer balls, etc.)
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May 31st, 2012, 09:59 AM
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We weren't allowed at our house, how stupid is that?!?! I like line drying and we plan on doing it permanently once we get our country house!
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May 31st, 2012, 12:15 PM
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I have heard of a lot of places that don't allow hang drying clothes and it just seems so odd... but I guess we are in a society where things must look perfect and clothes on a line isn't in that picture perfect look...

I wish I had more room to have a long clothes line. Currently I only have an Umbrella clothes line and one long strand I've put up between our deck and a basket ball hoop.
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May 31st, 2012, 03:17 PM
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Our current place isn't ideal for putting clothes on a clothes line. Our back yard is just a big hill. I have thought about just hanging up the clothes in the laundry room but I want to look into this more to make sure they can't mold.
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May 31st, 2012, 05:01 PM
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I think it is important to have a floor drain in the laundry room if you do hang them up in the laundry room. You could also probably set up a box fan or something for air flow. We don't hang a lot in our laundry room, but I do sometimes hang my floor mats and some shirts that can't go in the dryer in the laundry room.

I've thought of stringing a line from our back porch to one of the trees at the bottom of the hill (attach it high in the tree so it's even with the porch), to utilize the space since we have a steep hill behind our house too, but I haven't put much effort into doing it. lol
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