7 hours ago
I'm always keeping an open mind and eye for ways to make my life more sustainable - to consume less energy, produce less waste, or consume from renewable sources. One idea is to use a clothes rack and a small fan instead of a dryer. My little fan pulls about 50 watts, and takes about 2 hours to dry a rack, or 100 watt/hrs. My dryer uses 3000 watts and takes about 45 mins, or 2250 w/hrs. That's a savings of 2150 w/hrs per load. I do about 1.5 loads/week, so this equates to 167,700 w/hrs or 16,770 kilowatt/hrs. Electricity in Maine costs about $.10 per kw/hr, so doing all this saves me a whopping $16.77 per year, my clothes will last longer, and I don't need a $400 machine to house and maintain. Ok, so it's not an overly compelling micro economic case, but doing these sorts of things, at the macro level, conserves huge amounts of resources, which can be used for more productive and beneficial things like science or education. And, @mrmoneymustache would be proud!
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