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✓ Clothes dryers consume more than 7% of the average household’s electricity usage
✓ Air-drying your clothes eliminate about 1/2 a ton of carbon dioxide per year.
✓ Air-drying your clothes can save more than $100 per year or MORE, and increases your clothes lifespan
Two key strategies to reducing our home’s and our personal greenhouse gas emissions include reducing our electricity use and switching our electricity supply to solar or other renewable sources.
Air drying your clothes, like changing to LED light bulbs, is one of several things we can do to reduce our electricity use.
Our clothes dryers use more electricity than any other home appliance. It accounts for over 7% of our total electricity use. So this is a great place to target electricity use reduction.
In the warmer months, you can use an outdoor clothesline, and take advantage of the wind and sun. As a bonus, you get the benefit of that wonderful air-dried smell. There are as many ways to set up an outdoor clothesline as there are colors of clothing!
When the weather turns cold or rainy, bring your drying indoors with simple clothes drying rack. These racks fold up nicely when not in use. A regular rack can dry an entire wash load at a time!
If you don’t feel like installing a permanent outdoor clothesline, just bring your indoor drying rack outside on warm or sunny days. Portable drying racks are truly an all-year solution.
|String a line: The simplest option is to tie each end of a clothesline to something that’s already there and not going anywhere. A pair of trees, a building and a tree, a deck, and a shed, etc.|
|Hang a loop: Creating a clothesline loop between two pulleys allows you to stand in one place and add or remove clothes from your clothesline. This works great for example from a second-story balcony or a raised deck.|
|Install Poles: If you don’t have trees or buildings to attach the clothesline to, you can “plant” two stationary poles. You can simply drive metal or wooden poles into the ground, or for a more permanent solution, you can dig a hole, pour some concrete, and give your clothesline poles a really stable home.|
|Whirly-Gig: Another option, especially if you are tight on space, is purchasing the traditional “whirly gig”…..the clothe line device that kinda looks like an umbrella.|
|Drying Racks: Portable drying racks are truly an all-year solution.|
Go to the cashier at Eldredge Lumber or Kittery Ace Hardware and ask for the EcoHOMES free bag of clothespins.
Get your air-drying supplies at Eldredge
While you are there, check out Eldredge and Kittery Ace’s wide selection of clothesline and drying rack choices.
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Yes! By up to ½ a ton of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
Yes! By up to 7% of your total electricity usage.
Yes. Save up to $100 per year or MORE! (Bigger savings if you use a laundromat)
Who cares what the neighbors think. Let’s put ECO ahead of EGO. AND….maybe it will spark a neighborhood discussion and you can get others to join in the “Let’s Show Them Our Underwear” movement!
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We can help get you a clothesline or drying rack at no cost.
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