~Mine costs about $.75 to dry each load. My dryer uses 5 KW per hour and our electricity is high(.11 per KWH winter/ .14 summer). I wash big loads so it used to often take 70 minutes to dry. I air dry my clothes now. I do about 5 loads a week so I save about $20 a month by air drying. HTH!~
I think it does save a lot, pennies do add up. I know different rates for regions/companies do vary and peak times they charge more - ie: when you're awake in the day when energy consumption is high. I usually do my laundry bout 11pm - its only one load and its hung to dry.
The only thing with line drying is pre-planning and co-ordinating your outfits so you have everything ready at the same time. And be sure you have enough undies LOL
I try to do my wash and then dry on a rack usually on a Thursday night b/c we have casual Friday's at work...jean day. So all the work clothes will be clean and ready to go for Monday-Thursday and DRY...for me in the basement it takes about 24-36 hrs for a completely dried pair of pants or a top. (And if there's enough of a pile, I will wash my casual clothes from the weekend and jammies plus towels on a Monday/Tuesday night so they're dried and ready for weekend)
Its just a matter of trial and error and figuring the blance that works best for you. I do toss mine into the dryer for about 5 mins to fluff them after taking them off the hangers and drying rack b/c they are a bit 'crunchy' LOL.
Of course my dad who's now 76 yrs old thinks Im nuts for trying to save money by not using the dryer but I do use it, just not to dry the entire load - I just use to fluff so it is necessary/handy at times. He's from the war times so he understands where Im coming from - he died laughing when I first told him I did my wash in cold water - but hes trying to subtly tell me its ok, we can afford to have it and use it. But again...I DO use it dad! :lol:
Thanks for the replies! Wow, close to $1 per load. I don't even want to think how many loads I do per a month.. I've started to hang dry the ones that don't need to be soft (we can't use fabric softener but use dryer balls) like kitchen towels, cleaning rags etc. I still have to throw the cloth diapers in the dryer for at least 30min to make them fluffier.
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