Tuesday Tips & Tricks: Save on energy, use a clothesline

19 Jul

This weeks tip is all about our hot summer weather and using it to our advantage. I’m not particularly enjoying the temps when they get above 90  degrees most days, but I’ve found that drying my clothes outside works great in this heat. Not to mention, they dry in no time! It’s pretty windy here so it actually works well because the clothes don’t feel too stiff after hanging to dry. I’ve always used a drying rack in our house but this past winter our old one was just so beat up it was practically falling apart. So out it went into the garbage and I dried all our clothes in the dryer after that.

When I started cloth diapering I decided to make a clothesline (yes, I said make…a story for another day but I crocheted a line out of a heavy wool blend that wasn’t soft enough to make much else out of) to hang dry all our diapers. Since the diapers dried so quickly, I figured I’d try drying more of our clothes outside as well. I still use our dryer, but  not as much in the summer.

Do you use a clothesline?

7 Responses to “Tuesday Tips & Tricks: Save on energy, use a clothesline”

  1. Boredom Busting Mommy July 19, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    I keep saying I want to put up a clothes line, but I never think about it when the hubby is actually around to help me! Your post is inspiring me to get moving on that! 🙂

    Following you from the Totally Tuesday Blog Hop! I hope you’ll follow back. 🙂

    Mandi
    boredombustingmommy.blogspot.com

    • The Penny Wise Chick July 19, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

      It’s been pretty nice to have, really. =) Good luck getting yours set up! I really like your site and some of the crafts you have on there. I sat here reading quite a few of them. 🙂 I really like the paper plate storm – really cute & creative idea and a good way to pass the time while “stuck” inside! I wasn’t sure where to follow you but I would like to!

  2. Lisa Ferguson July 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    I love hanging my clothes out to dry. We live in east central Florida, so we get lots of sunshine for drying clothes and diapers. It all started a couple years ago when our dryer broke a few days before my husband deployed (of course). I hung everything up to dry, until my daughter wanted to know why her jeans were “hard.” So now I hang up all of my husband’s and my clothes, except undies…because I like soft undies…and dry the kids clothes in the dryer. I did discover that the best “clothesline” for cloth diapers was my older daughter’s soccer goal. You can tuck the dipes in and not worry about clothespins, even on a windy day! 🙂 P.S. I don’t recommend hanging clothes out to dry during times of high pollen count…very bad idea…especially sheets for your daughter who has bad allergies. Oops.

  3. Cricket @ Thrifty Texas Penny July 20, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    I can’t justify the time it takes to hang laundry out to dry. If I had to do it I would, but it just doesn’t seem worth the savings to me. The gas bill is only $22 in the summer months, and that’s with a gas dryer and hot water heater. When we moved out and turned the water heater to vacation they still charged us $9 a month. Just my two cents, LOL.

  4. Amee July 21, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

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