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spiffy: use a clothesline and/or a clothes drying rack

 
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This thread follows the format laid out by the spiffy thread.

This thread is linked to by spiffy: techniques to reduce global greenhouse gasses.

Please use just one link per post. Please use the "thumbs up" for the posts you like the most. Please take discussion to other threads, this thread is just for links and a quick description of the links.

 
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A forum thread with more than a hundred posts on using clotheslines and drying racks.

really saving energy - eliminate the clothes dryer

https://permies.com/t/6077/energy/saving-energy-eliminate-clothes-dryer

 
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a blog post

How to REALLY Save on Your Summer Utility Bills

It has a list of things, with the top of the list being to use a clothesline.

http://www.makeitmissoula.com/2011/06/save-money-on-summer-utility-bills/
 
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Fire Your Clothes Dryer

http://www.greenamerica.org/livinggreen/dryer.cfm
 
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Mini money challenge: Assessing your clothes drying habits - NWEdible.com



Your clothes dryer sucks your money away. After your basic HVAC, fridge and freezer it is the biggest and most expensive energy hogging appliance in your house." -- Erica Strauss at NW Edible, author of The Hands On Home

 
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My new 1000% Annual Return on Investment Clothes Dryer - Mr Money Mustache



There’s something about a device that sucks warm air from inside your house, pumps 5,000 additional watts of coal-generated electric heat* into it, and then shoots it outside into the cold winter air along with lots of nice humidity from your freshly-washed clothes, that just doesn’t agree with my efficiency-oriented engineer’s brain." -- Mr Money Mustache

 
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Clothesline pulley: https://permies.com/t/51779//clothesline-pulley

 
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Something any reasonably handy person could make.
http://www.usethings.com.au/product/drying-rack/
 
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You can even do it in the dead of winter:

http://104homestead.com/line-dry-clothes-winter/
 
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This is the standard way of drying clothes in Australia
 
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Here's one way to eliminate the clothes dryer: https://youtu.be/81sahaGn160
This video show's the pulley-style laundry rack that wesley made for pulley day at wheaton labs
 
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I've been using the wall-mounted drying rack for quite a while now and I am amazed of how how this product solved my cluttered laundry room. One of the primary reasons I opted for Wall Mounted Hanger was to save space in my bedroom. It delivered on this promise admirably, freeing up floor space and decluttering my room. Now, my clothes and accessories are neatly organized and easily accessible.
Here's where I bought mine: https://modern-oikos.com/products/wall-mounted-clothes-hanger

Hope this will help.
Thank you
 
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I have nt owned a clothes dryer for 13+ years.   I wash my clothes overnight in cold water when electricity is stupid cheap (2.8 Canadian cents per kwh!)  and when it going to be nice outside the next day.   I often go months without washing  my clothes during winter cause drying outdoors from January to March can be challenging.

 
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Early this morning I put a load of clothes in the washer because today is the best day to have optimal weather for hanging clothes on the line.

Then dear hubby said we were going to town so I turned off the washer so the clothes could soak while we were gone.

As I type this all the clothes are outside on clothesline so when I bring them in the will be sweet smelling and the whites will be nice and bright.
 
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I forgot to mention that you should not dry your clothes on a clothes line when heating your house with a wood stove. Unless you like being described as 'smoky'.  Ask me how I know.
 
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