With warmer weather approaching, now is a great time to think about purchasing a solar dryer. Solar dryers are inexpensive, easy to use, and will save you a lot of money on your electric bill every month.
Did you know that if you use your electric dryer once a day it will cost you an average of $184 a year? If you have a large family like I do, you will spend twice that or even more.
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Clotheslines (aka the solar dryer) are a great way to save money. Clothes dry quickly on the line in warm weather and your house isn’t being warmed by the continuous running of the dryer.
Many of you, like me, live somewhere that does not allow clotheslines to be put in the yard. Did you know that they make indoor clotheslines too?
Your clothes won’t dry as fast as if they were outside, but at least you won’t be using the dryer. A garage or basement is a great place to hang an indoor line.
You will save money, your clothes will smell fresh, and you will even get a little exercise.
I received the following question in the comments:
I always thought that if you dried indoors that the house would be damp or prone to mildew that kind of odor smell?
I have dried clothes indoors for many years. I have done it in the north (where the climate was dry, and in a humid southern climate) and I have never had any problems with clothes smelling moldy. I do have ceiling fans so that might make a little bit of difference. My advice would be this, if you have a basement that reeks of mold, don’t put your clothes down there, they will stink. It is my opinion that you can dry clothes indoors without making your house smell damp. It has always worked for me.
I did read an article that said if you hung wet clothes on a drying rack in your bedroom overnight it would give the same effect as a humidifier. I haven’t tried that one.
Do you hang your clothes out to dry when the weather is nice? I love the smell of clothes fresh off the line! It is a great way to save money and keep your house cool by not running the dryer during the summer months.
In our neighborhood we cannot have an outdoor clothesline so I use a drying rack on my back porch.
It isn’t as nice as a clothesline, but I am able to use my dryer less and save a few dollars a month! If you have enough space in your garage or basement (or even your living room) you could also go with an indoor retractable clothesline. I’ve always wanted to try it, but we have never had enough space in our garage!
Line drying your clothes won’t make you a millionaire, but it will add up to some small savings over time!Photo Credit: CaptPiper