Sunday, May 1, 2011
Lower your electric bill this summer by 25-75%
So, how can you lower your electric bill by 25-75%? Well, one of the great tips in this book is to line dry your laundry. If you prefer the dryer, line dry or place your clothes on a rack until almost dry and then put them in the dryer for 15 minutes or so.
If you find that your clothes are stiff, that is most likely because you are using too much laundry detergent. I put 1/2 cup baking soda and even in my larger loads, I only use the smallest recommended detergent. In addition, if you put 1/2 cup of white vinegar in rinse cycle, the vinegar works as a softener (don't worry, you can't smell the vinegar). If you have young children who's laundry may need more attention, take a lesson from our grandmothers, soak their clothing overnight in the bathtub. You can use the soak water to water your plants and be even more "green." How "green" are you!
If your dryer is inside the residence or in an attached garage, it can cause your air conditioner to work overtime cooling the interior of the house, significantly raising your electric bill.
Putting these methods into practice may cost you a few extra minutes more doing laundry than normal, but remember how high our electric bills are going to get soon.
Happy Laundry, Tobe'
Source: Country Living SIMPLE COUNTRY WISDOM: 501 OLD-FASHIONED IDEAS TO SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE by: Susan Waggoner.