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Reminders are important!

We all need reminders. Reminders are good! This summer, a bill arrived in the mail. It came as very much of a shock to me and my husband. How could this happen? How come our electric bill was suddenly double of what it normally is? It’s not like I stayed up all night sewing up doll clothes. Could it be a broken appliance sucking up all this energy?

Air conditioning? Haha. Not funny! We don’t have that in our little old house. To beat the heat, we own a few window fans to get us through the worst part of the summer. We really don’t run them enough to double our bill. DH (husband) was quite annoyed. Of course, it must be something we (the kids and I) were doing. Like leaving the refrigerator door open or leaving lights on.

Now we had to get to the bottom of this. Who wants to waste energy in these times of global warming? And who can afford to double their electric bill when the economy is down in the dumps? So, we all decided to watch ourselves more carefully. We got on each other’s cases about turning off lights that were unnecessarily on. We turned the dishwasher and clotheswasher only on if they were full to the brim. Cutting down on TV time also helped!

Mostly, I watched my own actions. One thing I noticed I had been slacking off with was the clothes drying. It’s criminal – really. I even wrote an article on just this subject on the NK blog a while ago.  Back then, I ranted about Americans wasting so much energy by using clothes dryers instead of hanging their laundry and drying it outside. You know how many gazillions of kilowatt hours could be saved if we all dried our clothes on a clothing line? A LOT. But here I was all lazy and Americanized finding excuses: It was too hot, or I am too tired to hang clothes, my back hurts.

In a way the shocking electric bill was a good reminder for me. MUST HANG UP LAUNDRY. And guess what? The next bill came and it was $15 less than our normal monthly bill. At the end of the bill was a note tacked on saying that the last bill had been a mistake. They had accidentally overcharged us by double the amount int he previous bill. Wow! I am so glad we found the reason for this strange bill. But I am even more glad it got me back doing the right thing for the environment…Reminders are good!


5 thoughts on “Reminders are important!

  1. We threw the dryer out several years ago, just to remove the temptation all together. We have to stay on top of the laundry all the time, or the rainy seasons would really get us behind. But, we use the outside line when it’s warm and dry out and we have rods hung up inside to hang them on hangers when it’s too cold or wet outside for them to dry.

  2. wow, that’s impressive! At a minimum I need to put the towels in the dryer for about 10 minutes. If I don’t do it they end up too rough and I get all kinds of complaints by the family…

  3. I, like Julie, who commented earlier has gotten rid of my dryer completely we air dry everything on our outdoor umbrella clothesline when the weather is good. Otherwise it goes on racks around the house. I have found that my towels stopped being stiff when I started using white vinegar instead of fabric softener and ran them through the extra rinse cycle. I read some where that a big reason they get stiff is the detergent that is still in the towels. Also a couple good shakes before hanging and when taking down helps out as well.

  4. Do you have suggestions for a place where it rains most of the year? I hang-dry as many clothes as possible in the basement (and allow 3-4 days for the clothes to dry), but except for a few weeks in summer, I can’t hang-dry my clothes outside because they would stay wet. It is frustrating.

    1. I have an indoor clothing line in my basement. I brought it back from Germany many years ago. It is a little box that hangs on one side of the room. Then you pull out a lever and yank the six lines attached to that lever and bring it to the other side of the room and attach it to the opposite wall. I love that thing but have never seen this contraption in the US. You know it rains a lot in Germany… So many people have huge indoor foldup clothing racks. I have not been able to find them here. I found one smaller sturdier one at Aces. It won’t hold larger items though because it’s not wide enough…Maybe we need to petition in Washington for more imports of simple earthfriendly technology. =)

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