|Hanging Shirts: Effective & Cheap!|
"...look around your home at all the ways you use electricity. Choose one and don't use it for one entire day."I don't like the electric clothes dryer. Partly this is because it waste money: so long as you have the space to hang up your clothes to dry, and the patience and/or foresight to do so, there is no reason in the world to burn money burning energy to burn the water out of your laundry.
In this, I am somewhat a minority opinion in my household. Laundry is a subject that touches us every day in many ways, and it's important to find ways that are comfortable with all present. Some people just don't like the feel of line-dried clothing, but for me, it's just nice.
The other disadvantage of the clothes dryer is that it encourages people to do a lot of meaningless folding. Folded shirts, in particular, have to be stacked somewhere, which makes retrieving them for use an issue.
How much better it is, in every way, simply to hang each shirt, fresh from the wash, on a hanger, hang that shirt to dry in the sun, and then (when dry) onto a rod. Scanning a rod for the desired shirt is swift and easy. The only cost for this system is an initial investment in as many hangers as you have shirts; since they last for decades this is insignificant.
Perhaps I've gone on and on with this subject more than was necessary but it's only because it seems so irrational to do otherwise. Some day we may view the clothes dryer as we view 8-track-tapes: artifacts of another time.