Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Reduce Your Carbon Foot Print with Mitch!


   A great way to save energy and carbon emissions in Colorado is to use the sun and wind to dry your clothes. We are blessed with a dry climate and 300 days of sun per year, which makes drying your clothes on a clothesline viable for most of the year. According to the website your dryer uses the second most energy of any appliance in your house except for your refrigerator. This equates to about 85 dollars a year. So drying your clothes outside for 6 months during the warm part of the year will save over 40 dollars a year. This is about 700 kilowatt hours a year and savings of around 1000 pounds of CO2 per year. If Kwh don’t really mean much too you that’s okay. This is roughly the equivalent of 45 gallons of gasoline. That’s 3 tanks of gas for a Subaru Outback and well over 1100 miles traveled. So next time you do a load of laundry consider the clothesline approach. It is best done outside but a relatively well ventilated space inside can do the trick for year round drying.

Check out this site for more energy usage info


Mitch Hoke

1 comment:

Mary Q Contrarie said...

If you are drying inside, be sure to look for a clothes drying rack that allows clothes to hang freely so that it allows the air to circulate between the clothes. I have found that simply drying in a room with a fan on makes a huge difference in the amount of drying time. That electric fan is still way cheaper than a full size dryer.

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