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Today carbon fast is all about how we dry our clothes. The advice reads “Dry your clothes on a clothes line instead of in an electric drier. Electric driers use up to 10% of residential electricity in the United States.”
Well this one is a no brainer to me. In fact I have to admit, that even though I advocate a ‘live and let live’ attitude to life, one of my major bugbears is hearing (and SMELLING!) a tumble dryer working on a beautiful sunny day.
I decided to take the step to ditch my tumble dryer 10 years ago. It was a pretty tough decision to make, as the UK is known for its long drizzly seasons and our house is not exactly warm! However, I’ve dealt with washing real nappies, the clothes of a muddy toddler and the clothes a very hands-on practical man in my time with no need for using electricity to dry it.
The key, as with all things in life, is careful planning. If you find yourself with 4 loads of washing to do, it’s a total nightmare (I speak from experience), but if you adopt the ‘little and often’ philosophy it’s no big deal to get a load of washing dry.
What we do on a rainy day is wait until bedtime and then hang the clothes on two lines in our dining room. Mr Green has put hooks either end of the room and we simply attach strong lines and put our clothes up. In the morning, 80% of it is dry and the rest needs to be finished off outside or on the line again that evening. No big deal, right?
In fact I have a secret pleasure in life – it’s getting into a freshly made bed with linen that has been dried outside. The smell cannot be beaten; it’s like having sunshine in your bedroom. The simple pleasures in life are the best, don’t you think?
Tell me, what is your simple pleasure that also fits nicely with an eco friendly life?
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