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July 8, 2013 at 4:12 PMComments: 2 Faves: 0

Hanging Your Electric Bill out to Dry

By Jeff from SLN More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Fashionably Broke Blog Series

Bills. They're a fact of life, or at least adulthood. It’s inevitable that the things we need - let alone the things we want - come with a cost, and so we accept a growing list of bills for the things that add convenience to our lives, which isn’t to say anyone would miss them if they were to disappear. And that’s what I plan on doing for you: I’m going to make part of your electric bill…disappear! How?...Through the dryer.

Losing more than socks

The Colden Valley Electric Association asserts that your dryer uses about $ .75 worth of electricity every time you dry your clothes on the medium cycle. That may not seem like a lot, but if you ran your dryer once a day that would add up to $21.08 over the course of a month. And what about the people you live with? How much money are they adding to your bill each month?

Quit using it

Who says you even need a dryer? Why do people always assume when they hear mention of a washing machine that there is a dryer next to it? I say it’s time to split the combo! Hang those clothes up to dry!

Washing Machine

Sound old fashioned? It might be, but sometimes it’s best to go with the method that’s tried and true. There are other reasons to go with the Little House on the Prairie technique. People rave about the fresh scent they get when they forgo the dryer. Others like the reduced carbon foot print. For me, it’s a more of a public service announcement: I want the neighborhood to know that I wear Fruit of the Loom - not just because of their classic look, but because I’m proud to have found a brand that is cost effective and comfortable. Let the heavens resound.

Preparing a traditional clothesline

I'll keep this short and sweet. You know how to tie a rope, right? So do it.

Preparing indoor hang-dry options

Whether you rig your own drying setup or purchase one, remember the following:

  • Use hangers on any shirts that won’t be stretched under their own weight (i.e. sweaters).
  • You can set up curtain rods in locations to suit your needs.
  • Consider purchasing a drying rack. A simple wood/metal rack should cost around $30.

Whatever you use to keep your clean clothes off the ground, keep in mind that access to circulating air will help. If you have a window available, your clothes would appreciate the breeze, just ask them. Dehumidifiers to keep the air from getting too humid aren’t a bad idea either. If you have a spare moment mid-dry, you may consider flipping your clothing over to expose the damp side to the air and speed up the process.

Clothing a little stiff?


You might notice a little extra posture with some of your fabrics. But don’t worry if your pants start to stand on their own, there are a few things you can try:

  • Adjust your detergent. When your clothes are left stiff, it could be a sign that you’re using too much detergent and it isn’t rinsing out in the wash.
  • Add some soft. Fabric softener can reduce the crispness of your clothes.
  • Shake ‘em! Whipping your clothes out once or twice helps promotes the fabric to move freely while drying.

Additionally, I’ve heard that drying your clothes for 5-10 minutes in the dryer and finishing them off on the line will take care of any rigidity. I know, I know... Using the dryer to just kind of dry your clothes sounds silly, but you can if you want to.

Hope you enjoy your lower electric bill! But a word to the wise, you may want to have an iron on hand. Just in case you have some extra wrinkles.


Duke, Deanna. "Keeping the Crunch out of Air Dried Laundry - Crunchy Chicken." Keeping the Crunch out of Air Dried Laundry - Crunchy Chicken.N.p., 13 Oct. 2010. Web. 02 July 2013. .

Jill. "Air Drying Clothes Without A Clothesline." Save Money And Get Out Of Debt Living on a Dime. Kellam Media and Publishing, Inc., 2 Oct. 2012. Web. 02 July 2013. .

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  • I totally use the dryer for 6 minutes, then hang everything up. I used to use 5 minutes, but found that the extra minute really helps with releasing any hard wrinkles from the washer. Everything is pretty much hanging from the ceiling in our basement, right next to one of the windows, with a tiny fan on more humid days. Can't even begin to tell you how nice this is in the winter when all the humidity is put into the super dry air!

  • Awesome! I'll be sure to try six minutes next time.

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