Using a clothesline or using a dryer? The answer is not always obvious : one is eco-friendly and the other one is very useful…What is the best option? Here are  a few tips that will help you make a useful choice!

Dryer

A dryer is one of the most energy-consuming appliance that you can find inside a home. Indeed, it consumes 2500 Watts per hour, which can reach approximatively a total of 900 000 Watts per year when you use it regularly!

However, we have to admit that a dryer can help you save a lot of time! Fortunately for those who are just obligated to use one, you can also find various energy-saving models. The Energuide tag from Ressources Naturelles Canada is an indicator of the ecological impact of the dryer. Very useful when it’s time decide on a new dryer!

Useful tip : When your laundry is ready, don’t wait until the dryer is cold. Immeditely start with the next laundry batch to save some energy!

Clothesline or drying rack

You can also dry your clothes in a more « traditional » way, especially during hot summer days. Indeed, using a clothesline can be a good way to save on your energy bill in a significant way. Plus, clothing fibers will damage less quickly than with a dryer.

When it rains or it’s cold, you can use a drying rack that will allow you to dry your clothes inside your home. For places where the air is dry during winter, this option can replace the work of a humidifier! However, you have to make sure the room in which you’re drying the clothes is already moist (like a bathroom) otherwise it could cause mold.

Important : For a clothesline to be installed in a regulatory way, it has to be attached 3 meters above power lines and the clothes hanging should not be bothering passing-by trucks. A real challenge to find a place that meets these criterias those days!

 

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