Last week was absolutely beautiful! We had weather in the 80's most of the week, and the sun was shining. We spent quite a bit of time outside, and it was wonderful. It got me ready for the end of winter. Even though our winter hasn't been as cold and snowy as winters past, I am ready for the cold to be gone. With the return of HOT weather, we started (we meaning I) hanging the laundry outside again. I didn't turn on my dryer once last week.
Granted, I wasn't doing all of my laundry on one day. I ended up doing two loads of laundry pretty much every day. Yes, I do a lot of laundry. I am not entirely sure why that is. I think mainly because we don't have paper in our house, so we use rags in the kitchen, cloth napkins, cloth toilet paper, cloth diapers. A lot of cloth that needs to be washed about every two days. It was really nice though, to go outside early in the morning and hang the laundry out, and then see it hanging out there throughout the day. Having my kids playing hide and seek between the clothes was extremely cute (if I do say so myself).
I want to continue to hang the laundry outside now that it is technically spring. I'm not entirely sure how that will go though. This week we are back to the low 40's for temps...I am not looking forward to that. I think that one load of laundry, especially heavy cloth diapers (pre-folds for those wondering) will end up taking the entire day to dry, or possibly longer. When that happens, there is such a draw to run the dryer. But, I am starting to feel like we are wasting electricity by using the dryer when the outside would work just fine.
I hope over the next month to see how much my electricity would go down if I always hang my laundry. I think it will be kind of difficult to gauge because I am sure that I will cave and use the dryer when I need something dried quickly, but it would be nice to see a change in the electricity bill. I have been thinking about electricity a lot lately. It is something that we definitely take for granted. I am hoping that hanging my laundry regularly will help me lessen my dependence on electricity, and the benefit of a lower bill would be nice :-)
Do you put your laundry out in the summer? All year round? I would love to hear your experiences when it is cold out! Or would you rather not see clotheslines in your neighborhood?
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