While clothes dryers are super convenient they’re not a necessity. You can survive without one. The alternative? Air drying of course! Air drying your wash is good for your clothes, your wallet, and the earth.
Good for your clothes
Clothes hung on a line don’t have static electricity, shrinkage, or break down thread by thread. Ever wonder where all that dryer lint comes from? Your clothes!
Good for your wallet
Let’s figure the annual cost savings. Most dryers consume about 5000 watts (5 kilowatts) of energy – for the exact amount check your dryer manual. Now, we need to know the cost of your electricity. You can find this tidbit on your electric bill, but for this example we’ll use 13 cents per kilowatt hour. And finally, how much time per week is your dryer running. For this example, let’s use 5 hours per week.
5 (kilowatts) x $0.13 (kilowatt hour price) x 5 (hours) = $3.25 per week
Cost per year = $169
Good for the earth
And then there’s the earth. Each dryer annually consumes approximately 1,300 kilowatt hours of energy per household and something like 2000 pounds of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions.
But wait, what about wrinkles? If you find that your clothes are wrinkly after air drying, pop your clothes in the dryer for 5 minutes. I haven’t had to do this, but then wrinkles are the norm in Seattle.
And finally, consider using an eco-friendly laundry detergent.