It is a bright sun-shiny day today, so I decided to do
laundry and hang out my first wash of the season. It has been very rainy so far
this year and frankly I’ve not been as attuned to the sunshine as I should have
been, for I have missed a couple of really pretty washing days but such is
Thanks to the almost unceasing rain it is still very muddy
and wet where the pre-existing clothesline is situated. Honestly, that
line has seen better days so we hung out a load of colors around the worst of
the wet places to preserve our feet then went out in search of a replacement
clothesline to place in a dryer spot of the yard.
Alas, I do believe every store in Paducah has chosen to
rearrange it’s inventory—it took several times as long as it should have to
purchase ammonia, clothespins and a line. Dollar Store was out of clothes
pins after a lengthy search through their chaos so we had to go to Wal Mart and
deal with their remodeling frenzy.
We got what we needed as well as a couple of groceries for
meals next week and finally escaped to come home. Instead of a
traditional clothesline, I purchased a nylon rope that is rated to hold 75
pounds instead. Not only was it several cents cheaper, it was designed in
a more durable fashion and the regular clothesline was only rated to hold 24
pounds in comparison. Wet jeans and sweats weigh an obscene amount, so I
am in hopes that this new line will reduce sagging in the middle.
I got my electric bill yesterday. It has dropped to
$85.59, which is significant decrease compared to last month’s $124.41.
These past couple of warmer weeks I have been leaving the furnace turned off
and just using a small kerosene heater in the kitchen when we get chilly to
help reduce the billed expenses.
For the rest of this month and the warm season I plan to
only do laundry on sunny days and hang them out to save on the electric bill. I
read somewhere that every load of laundry dried in an electric dryer costs at
least $0.75 to dry in electric usage alone. Heavy items and full loads
seem to take longer to dry than the auto-sense selection allows them in my
dryer, so I’m estimating that to be double on occasion in my particular
K has not owned a dryer for a couple of years, and states that she only misses it when she wants to wash a large amount of clothing in winter, because of the time and space it takes to dry indoors.
The previous occupant of this mobile home used an indoor
clothesline for his clothes in inclement weather. He had the line stretched
along the length of the hallway and just left it there year-round, using it
primarily in bad weather. It wasn’t very obvious when there were no
clothes hanging on it, but would be a bit of an eyesore if company came, so I
removed it when I moved in. With utility bills what they are I wonder if
I should rethink the situation. What would you think about using an indoor
clothesline to dry in inclement weather? Would the money savings be worth the
detraction in looks on laundry day? A box fan could be used to dry the items
faster, costing much less than running the dryer would….
The whites have reached the final spin, so time to wrap up
and get back to work! I hope all of you have a wonderful day!