Saturday, March 9, 2013

Taking advantage of passive solar

Today's laundry continues to air dry inside, but I've found that the passive solar from the South facing windows (in this case the sliders in the bar area) really help to speed things along. Once the sun sets, these drying racks will be moved back to the wood stove area. Once I turn in for the night, they are moved near the large radiator in the living room. As locations are changed, I remove dried items, fold them and put them away.

My electric bill remains wonderfully low, so I continue with my efforts to conserve. Better for my clothing anyway.

7 comments:

Carol Boyd said...

Carol,I do the same thing. I do finish off the towels in th e dryer just so they aren't so 'crunchy' as my kids would say. LOL I rarely run my dryer and my bill reflects that. Love it.
Carol in Ohio

CTMOM said...

Carol in Ohio,
I do the opposite with towels:
I use liquid fabric softener just on towels (fabric sheets otherwise if using the electric dryer). I dry for 25 minutes, then hang to dry the rest of the way. Come out very soft this way, IMO.

Belinda said...

This is also a good place to set bread or pizza dough to rise as well. Our kitchen table has is in a sunny spot like this in the morning, which makes it a good spot for this.

And you are so right about air drying being better for your clothing. Will definitely save you money now and in the long run by making them last longer.

CTMOM said...

Belinda,
It's so nice to see that the weather is actually changing. Had a snow day off from work/school on Friday as we got 10 inches snow. It's all melting now, and should be gone within a few days, with rain expected early next week. Daylight has been longer; don't forget to switch the clocks tonight and to check your smoke alarm batteries!
Line drying does save the fabric of your laundry. The lint from a clothes drier is the fabric!

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Carol Boyd said...

Carol, do the towels still absorb water? I had found that when I used softener that they were not as absorbent. Seems like the water/moisture was just moved around on our skin.

CTMOM said...

Carol in Ohio
I've read/heard that liquid softener decreases drying capacity of towels, I've never encountered that, maybe because of the high mineral content in CT well water? I only use the minimum suggested by the Downy or whatever brand I am using, and I always cut it with water to better fill the dispensor, and to cut down on blue fabric softener splotches. Maybe this diluted mix helps to prevent that?