"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Monday, September 28, 2009

Save Energy - Hang Out the Laundry

The project:
Rather than use the electric dryer, hang out the laundry in the hot California sunshine.

Five minutes per load to hang and pull down. Three loads before I lost daylight.

Why bother?
We have ample sun here most days, and it seems silly to heat up the laundry room with fee power when I can use free power.

Worth it?
Yes. I like the idea that I'm using nature's energy. I enjoyed the extra time in the yard, and it didn't take but a few minutes to hang each load and less than a minute to take down. I will note, however, that depending upon the clothesline will have to mean no more saving this family of four's laundry for a week at a time. While the washer is quick, the dry time here is nowhere near as fast as we experienced while traveling in New Mexico and Utah.

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