During the Energy Challenge, we discovered that our dryer is a major electricity hog (as pretty much all heat-generating electrical appliances are). In warm, sunny weather it was pretty easy for me to get motivated to use our clothesline but I’ve found it more challenging during the winter months. I also wasn’t sure if laundry would actually dry in sub-freezing temperatures, so I decided to do some test runs.
First test (shown in picture) – inconclusive. Approximately 5 minutes after I hung my laundry to dry, clouds rolled in and proceeded to dump snow on my clean clothes. I brought them inside and hung them on our indoor clothesline, where they dried after about 36 hours.
Second test – success. It was very sunny and temperatures were hovering right around freezing so I’m still not totally sure how it would go on a really cold day. It has been a weirdly warm winter and we haven’t had many super cold days. Today, in fact, it was about 65 degrees out, which is just wrong for February. The poor daffodils are sending up shoots and buds, which I have no doubt will be frozen off in another week or two when our “normal” weather resumes. With a little luck, there will be a sunny day in the teens when I can get a definitive answer to my laundry question – will it dry?