We have a fairly new HE washing machine. For values of ‘new’ that are almost 5 years old. It still seems like just yesterday that the 70s vintage washer we inherited choked on a load of diapers and ground to a permanent halt, prompting us to purchase a new one.
I digress. The point is that the dryer that came with this house is getting into its teenage years and not working so well. Lately I’ve had to run a regular load of clothes on the hottest setting for the longest time twice to get ‘em dry. I’ve tried cleaning it out and making sure it’s well vented and all the parts are hooked up properly. Maybe there’s a magic dryer-saving hack you’ll tell me about in the comments.
In the meantime, I’ve been idly toying with the idea of getting a new high-efficiency dryer. Would save on utilities, etc. etc. Last week, I got this super-high-efficiency model. It uses no electricity whatsoever.
I grew up hanging all our laundry on the line. In Tucson. I always figured New England was the Wrong Climate for this activity. But if Katy Wolk-Stanley can do it in Portland, I figure I can take a shot at it here.
So far the system that seems to work is to put everything big – adult shirts and pants, towels, sheets, etc. – on the drying rack and machine dry the ten thousand baby socks that find their way into just about every load I wash. So I’m still using the electric dryer, but so, so much less.
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